For more than a century, YWCA Central Carolinas has stood at the forefront of social change, justice and economic empowerment in greater Charlotte. We will advance our mission by advocating on behalf of the following priorities.
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Make it easier for individuals/families in Charlotte to climb the economic ladder
CHALLENGE: Upward mobility for children in poverty is more difficult in Charlotte than in any of the country’s 50 largest cities, according to researchers at Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley. Children born at the bottom of the income ladder have a 4 to 5 percent chance of reaching the top, the study found.
Support more affordable housing options in neighborhoods across Charlotte
CHALLENGE: As the nation’s third-fastest growing city, Charlotte is seeing home prices increase by as much as eight percent, contributing to longstanding concerns about affordability for working families.
Bring greater fairness to law enforcement and criminal justice
CHALLENGE: A recent spate of officer-involved killings nationwide has further eroded trust between police and minorities. In Charlotte, evidence shows racial disparities in law enforcement. Though African-Americans make up less than a third of the city’s driving-age residents, they are pulled over by police more frequently, receive more tickets and are the subjects of roadside searches twice as often as whites, according to a study by a UNC-Chapel Hill research team.