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#SpotlightOnCLT: Incarceration, Restoration, and Reentry

Written by Nicole Copsis    on September 1, 2020    in


Over 10,000 returning citizens are released from America’s state and federal prisons every week and land back in their communities often without much support or direction. 

Further, approximately two-thirds of the 650,000 ex-offenders who are released from prison every year are likely to be rearrested within three years of release (Department of Justice). Why? Being formerly incarcerated comes with a host of barriers and obstacles as individuals strive to successfully reenter society and start a new chapter even once they have been freed, physically. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Beatties Ford Vocational Trade Center

August 31, 2020    in

Wrtitten by Emiene Wright

When Charlotte was ranked last in the nation for upward mobility, Frances Hall looked around the Beatties Ford corridor and felt compelled to action. The licensed mental health counselor  saw an unaddressed correlation between stress and economic stability. So in 2016 she founded the Beatties Ford Vocational Trade Center, the first mental health agency and Black-owned trade school in Charlotte. 


Why did you focus on vocational training, as opposed to, say academic education?

Back to School: Community Needs and GOOD Ways to Give

August 30, 2020    in

Going back to school looks different this year in Mecklenburg County, but the GOOD news is that there are many ways the community can help support our students and educators as we all navigate this new normal, together. Here are our local nonprofit partners who have Back-to-School needs who you can support in a variety of way, right now. 


Urgent Community Needs:

  • 16K CMS students are in need of  hotspots in order to engage in  virtual learning. The CMS Foundation is fundraising to secure more devices for students The cost for the device as well as 12 months of service is $260. Donations can be made to the CMS Foundation, here.

#SpotlightOnCLT: EmpowHERment

August 27, 2020    in

The future of leadership is female, and EmpowHERment is here to help

Written by Emiene Wright


Study after study has shown strong female leadership improves the status of families and lifts entire communities (The World BankPeterson InstituteMSCI World Index). Giving young women the support they need has the potential to change the world for the better. That is the guiding principle behind EmpowHERment, a Charlotte-based mentoring program that has created a pipeline for developing leadership skills in girls.

#SpotlightOnCLT: My Sister's House

August 25, 2020    in

A True Sister’s Keeper: My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program

Written by Perrine DeShield

Homelessness effects every city in America and unfortunately, Charlotte is no different. Currently, the face of homelessness in the Queen City has evolved and now features the faces of many women. My Sister’s House Transitional Living Program is giving much-needed support for women in our community who may be facing sudden unemployment, drug abuse, recent release from incarceration, domestic violence or untreated mental health issues.

The My Sister’s House program empowers and encourages women to make healthy, positive lifestyle changes that will help them progress towards their goals and decrease their chances of returning to a state of homelessness.

SHARE Your Voice- NC Voter Resources

August 18, 2020    in

 SHARE Your Voice

North Carolina Voter Resources

For a SHAREable PDF version of this resource list, go here!

Every vote matters, that's why we want to be sure our community knows how to SHARE their voice and get their vote in for this year's election. We have created this list of key dates, registration information, and things to keep in mind! Please share this information with your own audiences. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Cops & Barbers, Inc.

August 17, 2020    in

Written by By Christine Edwards

According to this Charlotte Region report on Suburbanizing, Densifying, Diversifying, the African American population in the region has grown by 26% since 2010, driven largely by migration from larger northeastern cities as part of what demographers have termed a Reverse Great Migration to the South. While Charlotte is becoming increasingly diverse, minorities often do not have the same experiences due to racial injustices. That is why throughout August, which is Black Philanthropy Month and here locally #BPM2020CLT, we are highlighting Black-led nonprofits to share their stories and inspire you to donate and to drive change in our own community

Four Black Women on Leading Nonprofits in Charlotte

August 17, 2020    in

Written by Crystal Marie

For many, the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Oluwatoyin Salau and others, and the disproportionate impact of the global pandemic on people of color, have been an abrupt reminder that there is work to do to make our American ideals true. In the wake of a movement to address a bevy of social ills based in racial discrimination, many are looking for organizations that support their fellow Black citizens.

While these problems may feel new for society at large, Black women leaders have been addressing the issues facing Charlotteans for quite some time. I set out to speak with four Black women leading in areas that support Charlotte’s Black youth, creators, and historically underserved residents.