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Opportunity Listening Tour Kick-Off Outcomes Report

Learn about our first Opportunity Listening Tour stop in Druid Hills on December 8. 

10 Quick Facts and the Opportunity Short Survey

10 Quick Facts

Opportunity Survey - Take online here or print here

Opportunity Task Force Baseline Presentation

This document gives you an overall view of what the Opportunity Task Force is, what the timeline is, and how your involvement will help.  

Creating Opportunity And Social Mobility In Charlotte

Listen in to WFAE for an overview of the Opportunity Task Force and an update on the initiative. [November 2015]


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Where Is the Land of Economic Opportunity? (Executive Summary)

The United States is often hailed as the “land of opportunity,” a society in which a child's chances of success depend little on her family background. Is this reputation warranted? We show that this question does not have a clear answer because there is substantial variation in intergenerational mobility across areas within the U.S. The U.S. is better described as a collection of societies, some of which are “lands of opportunity” with high rates of mobility across generations, and others in which few children escape poverty.

Economic Opportunity: A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Perspective

Dr. Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost, Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs at UNC Charlotte, presents data and findings to localize national perspectives on economic mobility and opportunity. How does Charlotte-Mecklenburg's access to opportunity and mobility compare to the national outlook? How do factors such as segregation, income inequality, school quality, social capital and family structure affect our community's economic opportunity profile?

Is America Dreaming? Understanding Social Mobility

Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves explores inequality and opportunity in America with Legos, using them to explain the chances for economic success of Americans born at the bottom of the economic ladder. Reeves shows the chances that the poorest fifth of Americans have to rise to the top, based on their race, the marital status of their mothers, and their level of education. Watch the video below:



"Schools and Opportunity" - Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson

 What are the links and connections between our Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and opportunity?  Find out in this compelling presentation from Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.


What the Task Force is learning:

Minimum Wage and the Labor Market - Presented by Matthew Martin



Charlotte Overview - Charlotte Chamber - Presented by Bob Morgan


Raise The Wage? - By Wendy Morrison


CDC’s Efforts to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy - Presented by Lisa Romero

Unintended Pregnancy and Access to Family Planning Mecklenburg County - Presented by Marcus Plescia


Achieving the Impossible: Reducing Teen Pregnancy in South Carolina - Presented by Forrest L. Alton


Charlotte’s Affordable Housing Efforts - Presented by Pam Wideman



Challenges in Mixed Income and Affordable Housing - Presented by Dionne Nelson



Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity, State of the South


Mecklenburg County - Health and Human Services - Presented by Anthony Trotman, Assistant County Manager


Poverty Snapshot - Mecklenburg County - Presented by Laura Simmons, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute


Cradle to Career - Continuum for Increasing a Young Person’s  Chances for Success into Adulthood - Steve Partridge and Kristy Teskey

Apprenticeship can be ticket to solid job - Jill Lutz

Read Charlotte - Munro Richardson

What affects the future success of poor children? - Urban Wire

Council for Children’s Rights – Editorial on Student Assignment

CATO Institute – Panel Discussion on Education, Race and Housing  

This might be a worthwhile resource for anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of some of the history and connections between housing, race and education. 

Richard Reeves – Two Anti-Poverty Strategies

Early Childhood Experiences - Building a Foundation for life - Dr. Betty Rintoul


Early Care & Education and Economic Opportunity - Janet Singerman

Turning Poverty into Promise - Project L.I.F.T. - Denise Watts

Severe poverty affects brain size, researchers find

Watching, with worry, loss of diversity in Wake schools, The News & Observer

Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change

Still Face Experiment

Charlotte's PTAs: A stark gap in money, services


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