The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force’s call to action followed results of a Harvard University / University of California, Berkeley study that looked at upward mobility for children born into our lowest income quintile. The report revealed that Charlotte-Mecklenburg ranked 50th out of 50 communities.

The 20-member Task Force assembled for the first time in May 2015. We came together to address the social and economic divide in our community and the opportunity and mobility challenges that so many children, youth and families are experiencing. Our task was to investigate why the odds of moving out of poverty are so low for children born in our county and, based on our findings, recommend a plan of action to change this long-standing situation.

Task Force Members

Project Staff Support

Project Coordination: Foundation For The Carolinas

City of Charlotte

Mecklenburg County

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Knight Foundation

UNC-Charlotte Urban Institute