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Hip-Hop Providing a Bridge for At-Opportunity Teens

August 16, 2017    in

By Jerrika Swartz

In order to have a chance to be successful...
We’ve got to know they’re capable.
But what if the means aren’t available.
That’s the importance of social capital.

Hip-Hop University (HHU) uplifts communities by teaching and mentoring ‘at-opportunity’ youth through the hip-hop culture to be productive citizens. HHU is a nonprofit organization right here in Charlotte, working to bridge the gap daily by reaching youth 13 to 18 years old. Their influence is implemented by dance, art, public speaking, technology and education. Their goal is to offer the means needed to create opportunities for each kid.

Who Charlotte Knows ... Life Changers of Our City's Life Changers

August 11, 2017    in

In August, SHARE Charlotte will continue looking at the recent findings of the Opportunity Task Force by exploring the nonprofits invested in creating networking, growth and mentorship opportunities for kids and teens. We’ve also asked Charlotteans the question, “who is the person that changed your trajectory?” We’ll be sharing these stories and we encourage you to share yours

#52tuesdays: Safe Alliance

August 8, 2017    in

Did you know that 1 in 3 women will be abused in her lifetime and 1 in 6 will be raped? 

Safe Alliance supports victims of domestic and sexual violence and helps people build safe, healthy relationships through a continuum of shelter, legal and advocacy services. Safe Alliance assists over 12,000 people annually throughout Mecklenburg County and Lake Norman and reaches thousands more through educational and
prevention programs as well as institutional advocacy efforts.

Who We Know is How We Grow

August 7, 2017    in

As a child in the 80s, I can still hear the chimes from the TV during NBC's public service announcements cleverly disguised with rainbows and shooting stars and celebrities like George Clooney talking about tough subjects like abuse, drugs, strangers and more. The more you know. 

But as adults, we come to learn that while what we know is important, who we know is downright critical.

Social capital is a new term to many of us. But building relationships and networking is not. Social capital refers to networks, connections, and access to people who produce information, resources and opportunities. 

Charlotte's Mentoring Nonprofits

August 6, 2017    in

Charlotte has many nonprofit organizations providing mentoring, tutoring and development opportunities for children and youth in need:



A Brighter Day - BND Ministries
A Brighter Day Ministries seeks to provide biblical and emotional support, mentoring and educational growth for children and young adults in at risk communities.

#52tuesdays: Classroom Central

August 1, 2017    in

The new school year is approaching and aisles in Charlotte-area stores are now filled with school supplies in anticipation. But not everyone can afford them.

Since 2002, Classroom Central has provided free school supplies to students who need them. Supporting 100,000 students across six school districts, Classroom Central provides everything from notebooks and pencils, to crayons and books, and so much more to nearly 200 schools each year.

Charlotte Shops for GOOD, Buying 5,300 Items for Local Nonprofits!

August 1, 2017    in


(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) – SHARE Charlotte’s 3rd annual SummerSHARE campaign, presented by Bank of America, ran for two weeks in July, encouraging Charlotteans to buy the items needed by local nonprofits to keep their offices and summer programs going. Charlotte rallied together and bought 5,300 items for the 116 participating nonprofits.

#52tuesdays: Trips for Kids Charlotte

July 25, 2017    in

Each Saturday you'll find a group of kids on mountain bikes at Colonel Francis Beatty Park in Matthews. On Tuesday nights you'll find a group of kids working on bikes at Charlotte Re-Cyclery in NoDa. 

These youth are part of something special. They’re with Trips for Kids Charlotte.

Trips for Kids Charlotte takes the simple childhood activity of bike riding and bicycle maintenance as tools to help underserved youth learn life lessons, focusing on respect, honesty, teamwork, overcoming obstacles, healthy and safe lifestyles and service. TFKC also introduces 10-15 year olds to the healthy, lifelong activity of mountain biking.

And Now ... We Give Thanks

July 24, 2017    in

This summer, SHARE Charlotte has been fortunate to have several interns and volunteers assist us with SummerSHARE and we are grateful!

Cara Anderson, Caroline Couch, Melissa Hovey, Si Ratchford and Jerrika Swartz provided much-needed office and event support throughout our summer campaign and made it possible for us to be in all the places we were.  THANK YOU, Cara, Caroline, Melissa, Si and Jerrika for your valuable time, skills and enthusiasm for helping Charlotte's nonprofits!