The Mayor’s Mentoring Alliance has partnered with MeckEd and the Mecklenburg County Youth Coalition to have one, centralized database that can be used by organizations and individual citizens alike to identify opportunities for youth. To find quality Out of School Time programs or mentoring opportunity near you, please visit www.mecked.org/the-locator.
The Mayor's Mentoring Alliance (MMA) connects Charlotte mentoring organizations to promote mentoring and its best practices through trainings and workshops, recognition, and establishing quality standards for service delivery. Learn more here.
The College Foundation of North Carolina will sponsor, NC Countdown to College this year, October 15 - 19. During NC Countdown to College week, counselors and others at North Carolina high schools will help seniors submit online college applications for admission through the CFNC application hub. Many North Carolina colleges and universities will waive their application fees that week. Additionally in October, CFNC will give extra help to students as they fill out their Free Application for Federal Aid, or FAFSA, to determine eligibility for college aid, and use the Residency Determination Service to determine if they qualify for in-state tuition. Learn more at their site here.
As reported by US News and World Report, a new sweeping study conducted by the National Urban League indicates that "African-Americans are at 72.5% – less than three-fourths – when it comes to achieving equality with white Americans" in the areas of economics, health, education, civic engagement and social justice." According to the Equality Index:
The National Urban League is "a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities." Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc.'s vision is to see Black women and girls live in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.
A recent study conducted by the Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds that "the gap in student debt held by Black and White borrowers grows by 6.8% each year" and as a result, Black young adults hold 10.4% less wealth on average than their White counterparts due to differences in student-loan debt." For-profit colleges which target Black students and tend to have worse outcomes are negatively implicated in this research which indicates that "the processes that students use to both accumulate and pay down debt are racialized." This situation ensures that Black students are likely to "typically need to rely more on debt to pay for school." The study is available for review here.
The Center for Demography and Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is "a multi-disciplinary faculty research cooperative for social scientific demographic research whose membership includes sociologists, rural sociologists, economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians." Learn more about the Center here.
According to a report from the National Women's Law Center on Suspensions for Girls of Color by School District, Black girls are five times as likely as white girls to get suspended in schools across the country. The same report indicated that for Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, Girls of Color account for a full 91% of school suspensions when they are only 69% of girls enrolled. Recently the Washington Post covered this issue in the District of Columbia, noting that "these punishments interrupt girls’ educations while sending dangerous messages to the school community: how a girl looks is more important than what she thinks, and girls are ultimately responsible for the misbehavior of boys.” Read the full article here.
The National Women's Law Center "has worked for more than 40 years to protect and promote equality and opportunity for women and families." The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. remains to committed to gender equity and advocacy on behalf of Black women and girls.
According to a new report from the League of Women Voters, Inc. of Charlotte - Mecklenburg, schools with high concentrations of students with lower socioeconomic status are much less likely to have principal and staff stability along with significant teacher experience and credentialing than schools with high percentages of more advantaged families. The report, "Important Statistical Trends in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools: A Comparison of Schools by Percent SES Composition" calls on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) to acknowledge staffing issues, report on these issues annually, create and/or strengthen teacher retention efforts, and to "re-establish an Equity Committee of interested citizens that reflects the diversity of the community to focus on and assess progress on equity issues impacting student achievement." Click here to read the full report.
The League of Women Voters, Inc. of Charlotte - Mecklenburg is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. -- Queen City Metropolitan Chapter is committed to advocacy on behalf of black women and girls.
According to NC Policy Watch, HB 514, may facilitate the re-segregation of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. If passed, the bill "would allow the Charlotte suburbs of Mint Hill and Matthews to operate their own charter school" and "residents of Mint Hill and Matthews would be granted enrollment preference to any charter school operated by the municipalities." Notably, Mint Hill is 73 percent white. Matthews is 78 percent white while Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools serves a student population that is only 29 percent white. Effectively, the passage of HB 514 creates a separate and distinct educational opportunity for predominantly white student bodies. Click here to learn more about HB 514 and to read the pending legislation.
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