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Finding Home: Teens Transitioning from Homeless to Independent Living

Home: Teens Transitioning from Homeless to Independent Living By Sonja Whitemon While many young people are thinking about sports, proms and graduating, some can only think of where they will sleep at night. There are so many teens who have nowhere to go, they are living out of cars, living on the streets and couch surfing.…
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Harvesting Humanity Inspires Youth to Solve Domestic and Global Problems

By John Burton Jr. Education-related inequity remains a concerning issue in many underserved communities. Various challenges, such as insufficient allocation of resources, limited human capital and lack of motivation, impede not only the learning outcomes of individual students but also the educational progress of the entire community.…
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Making It Work: The Business of Art

Charlotte creatives discuss how they live and survive as artists By Alicia Benjamin Creativity takes courage. That’s what Henri Matisse, one of the most famous painters of the 20th century, said. And his contemporary and friend Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist.”…
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CMS Athletic Director Ericia Turner’s Game Plan for Success

By Angela Lindsay Ericia Turner became the first Black woman to be named executive director of athletics for Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools in August 2021, following the retirement of Sue Doran. It isn’t a position she sought out, but ultimately, she wanted to utilize her passion for sports and education to “enhance athletic programs and provide opportunities for student athletes to excel both on and off the field.” …
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Writers Share Personal Stories About Their Mothers in New Anthology

By Alicia Benjamin We are proud to announce that one of our regular freelance writers, Angela Haigler, has recently published a collection of essays by women writers who share intimate stories about their mothers. The anthology, “Mama Stories: Gifts From Our Mothers,” includes essays by 13 writers, including Haigler, that recall memories and reflections of their relationships with their mothers.…
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Community Building Initiative CEO Advocates for More Opportunity, Equity and Justice in Charlotte

By Ryan Kouame Intersectional educator, facilitator, nonprofit leader and fierce advocate for justice, Janeen Bryant, is helping build and advocate for more opportunity, equity and justice through her work as executive director of Community Building Initiative (CBI) in Charlotte. A tireless advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, Bryant has a wealth of experience, spanning more than 20 years, five countries, two degrees, and several  areas of expertise that help her lead CBI with diligence, insight and compassion.…