The American Dream is Harder to Find in Some Neighborhoods

NPR Morning Edition • John Ydstie - October 1, 2018

Does the neighborhood you grow up in determine how far you move up the economic ladder? A new online data tool being made public Monday finds a strong correlation between where people are raised and their chances of achieving the American dream.

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Leading on Opportunity's Executive Director Reflects on Tradition

Creative Mornings CLT • Matt Olin - December 7, 2018

On Friday, December 7, 2018, hundreds of creative Charlotteans packed the halls of LaCa Projects – to explore the global theme of “Tradition.” As Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity, Dr. Cooper-Lewter’s talk is a timely and moving meditation on what it takes to create new Traditions that will lift up everyone in our community.

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Charting the Civic Landscape: The Interested Bystander in Charlotte Context Report

Knight Foundation & Google • UNC Charlotte Urban Institute & Johnson C. Smith University - November 30, 2018

Charlotte is paradoxical in many ways, with social, economic and political impediments that confound equitable growth, opportunity, and prosperity for those that reside within its political jurisdiction.

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Segregation is "On the Table" at Charlotte-Wide Community Event

North Carolina Health News • Yen Duong - October 29, 2018

In the years since that Harvard and Berkeley study, Charlotteans have been reckoning with how to solve that inequity.

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Leading on Opportunity Hires Community Impact Directors to Address Key Drivers of Economic Mobility

Charlotte Business Journal • Bank of America - October 19, 2018

Three community impact directors are now at work in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Leading on Opportunity initiative. They are point people to make an economic mobility strategy into real-life results. Their experience adds pragmatic breadth and depth for this Charlotte-Mecklenburg challenge.

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Detailed Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life.

New York Times • Emily Badger & Quoctrung Bui - October 1, 2018

The earlier research showed Charlotte as among the worst large metropolitan areas in the country in creating opportunity for poor children, a realization that prompted the community to create a task force co-chaired by Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown.

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The American Dream is Harder to Find in Some Neighborhoods

NPR Morning Edition • John Ydstie - October 1, 2018

Does the neighborhood you grow up in determine how far you move up the economic ladder? A new online data tool being made public Monday finds a strong correlation between where people are raised and their chances of achieving the American dream.

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New ‘Atlas’ of Mobility Shows How Kids from Different Charlotte Neighborhoods Have Done

The Charlotte Observer • Ann Doss Helms and Galvin Off - October 1, 2018

“We have a sense of what’s happening locally,” said Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, executive director of Leading On Opportunity, a Charlotte nonprofit created after the 2014 study. “Data can either be numbers or stories. We need both of those touchstones to effect change.”

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Q & A with Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity

Charlotte Business Journal • Bank of America - June 21, 2018

Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter shares her perspective on her first few months at Leading on Opportunity and her vision for Charlotte.

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Council Formed to Improve Economic Mobility Stands Against Legislation and Calls for Bold Leadership

Leading on Opportunity Council Releases Statement Opposing HB 514 - June 6, 2018

The Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report found that Charlotte-Mecklenburg has a deep history of segregation and discrimination, fueling patterns of isolation in our neighborhoods and schools that remain evident today.

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