YOUR VOICE, YOUR STORY
MAKE A DIFFERENCE


Do you wonder why the city of Charlotte has been referred to as the “Tale of Two Cities: the City of Poverty, and the City of Prosperity?” Or, why Charlotte ranks dead last (50th out of 50) among America’s largest cities in Upward Mobility?

How We Rise is a project of the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C. We want to understand how Charlotte residents learn about and gain access to opportunities that can improve their lives—and we need your help.

Beginning in February 2020, we are inviting community members to tell us how and who you seek information from about job openings, housing, education, health care, and child care. By sharing your story, you are ensuring that this study accurately reflects the real-life experiences of your community.

KEEPING THE COMMUNITY HEALTHY

How We Rise Charlotte is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. As the situation continues to rapidly evolve and change, our top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of the Charlotte community and we are taking all necessary precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As a result, we are now conducting all community engagement events online and over the phone.  We will conduct one-on-one interviews online and over the phone beginning the week of May 4th, 2020.

BE THE VOICE FOR 872,498 INDIVIDUALS LIKE YOU!


Your neighborhood was selected to ensure diverse representation across the city of Charlotte. All individuals from across the city had an equal chance of being selected. You were randomly chosen to represent your neighborhood.

How often do you get the chance to tell your story, or acknowledge the people in your life who have made a difference? By telling us about the people in your life who you look to for advice or assistance, you are helping to inform decision makers about the best ways to break down barriers and improve access to economic mobility in your community. Use your voice! Share your story with us. A token of our appreciation for your time and cooperation will be mailed to you.

SHARE YOUR VOICE

Your voice and your story are important to us. We have developed a strategy to connect with you virtually and by telephone. If you would like to participate in a personal interview, Please complete our pre-survey for the project by clicking on the link below.

TELLING THE LIFE EXPERIENCES OF YOUR COMMUNITY

What types of questions will you be asked?
The questions asked by HWR are designed to measure how individuals use their personal connections to access opportunities. You will be asked about who you discuss important matters with, such as child care, education, college and career readiness, jobs, and housing.

What if you do not want to answer a question?
You can pass on any question you don't wish to answer.

How long will the interview take?
Approximately 90 minutes.

Your privacy is protected.
Your name, address, or telephone number will NEVER be associated with your answers, which will be combined with those of other Charlotte residents taking part in the survey. All published results will be in summary form. We do not sell or share your information. No one will be able to access your responses and personal information. What you provide is protected by law from any disclosure.

Here's an example of a question

In the last six months, who have you discussed child care options with?

CHARLOTTE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

For Charlotte IG Live with How We Rise
Community Liaison Karen Sutton and For Charlotte
Applied Research and Communications Manager Keyona Osborne
Follow us on IG @howwe_rise
Friday 15th @11:00am
Multiply Church Podcast with pastor Casey Crimmons
and Community Liaison George Metz
Wednesday 20th @2:00pm

CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY RESOURCES

FEATURED RESOURCE

To change the life trajectory of vulnerable young women

Economic Empowerment = Financial Wellness + Career Journey + Digitally Forward + Circle of Care

Through our four-pillar programming in Financial Wellness, Career Journey, Digitally Forward, and Circle of Care we help build knowledge and skills and nudge behavior change.

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CONTACT US

HOW WE RISE is a project of the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C. We aim to better understand how community members learn about and gain access to opportunities that can improve their lives—and we need your help. We are inviting community members to tell us how and who you seek information from about job openings, housing, education, health care, and child care.

HowWeRiseCharlotte@brookings.edu
Telephone - 1-866-356-5978  |  1-866-356-5977 

OUR CHARLOTTE TEAM

Camille B.
Lead Project Director

Kwadwo
Project Coordinator
Tonya
Research Consultant
​George​

Community Liaison

Karen
Community Liaison
​Cindy
Interviewer Consultant

Faustina
Interviewer Consultant

Laurie
Interviewer Consultant

Camille H.
Interviewer Consultant

Jacqueline
Interviewer Consultant

Alista
Interviewer Consultant