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.


  • We will seek to engage with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, a 21-person group created by Mecklenburg commissioners to respond to the study’s findings.
  • We will support efforts to raise the minimum wage and provide basic workplace standards like paid sick days and fair scheduling practices for women from all socioeconomic and racial backgrounds.
  • We will encourage our elected leaders to support major drivers of economic mobility: racially and economically integrated neighborhoods, high quality of schools, increased social capital and strong family structure.
  • We will support initiatives and programs to better equip teachers in Title I schools and bridge the gap between low-income and middle class students.


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.


  • We will support the use of public subsidies and incentives to encourage development of affordable housing.
  • We will help to raise community-wide awareness of the need for more affordable housing in Charlotte.
  • We will be mindful of the need for digital inclusion in neighborhoods that lack access to high-speed Internet.

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.


  • We will support legislation to ban the practice of racial profiling and improve racial justice at the federal, state, and local levels.

  • The YWCA will continue to serve as a venue for discussions between police and community members.


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