RCCL Community Conversations Resources

Community Conversations

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Community Conversations Resources

As our community continues its recovery from the pandemic, the Robinson Center for Civic Leadership is focused on some of the most pressing issues and needs such as mental health, housing and homelessness, racial equity and economic mobility.

Register for upcoming Community Conversations at fftc.org/upcomingevents. Video recordings of each session and additional resources are available in the drop-down menu below.

Building a Pipeline of African American Leadership


The Black P&L Leader

Race in the Workplace

Lean in: The State of Black Women in Corporate America


  • Moderator: Elizabeth Trotman, Senior Vice President of Civic Leadership Programs and Initiatives, Foundation For The Carolinas
  • Kieth Cockrell, President, Bank of America Charlotte
  • Malcomb Coley, Managing Partner, EY
  • Jada Grandy-Mock, Chief Community Impact Banking Officer, Fifth Third Bank
  • JT Saunders, Chief Diversity Officer, Korn Ferry, Study Project Lead

Event photos

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Youth Voice - A Discussion on Mental Health


If you would like to view this session or share it, the recording is available here.


Click here for a copy of the presentation shared by panelist Vernisha Crawford, CEO of Bringing You Excellence (BYE), LLC.

Challenges and Opportunities for Boys of Color


If you were unable to attend or would like to view this session again and/or share it, it is available here.


BMA Legacy Collection: Compilation of more than 250 research reports and strategy papers related to the field of Black male achievement and young men of color.

Beyond Plight Report by Association of Black Foundation Executives which provides evidence-based pathways for optimal development for Black boys and young men across the life course.

Promise of Place Report: Strategies for increasing Black male achievement engagement on the city level

Our America by Lealan Jones 

Black Boys Film

Profound Gentlemen: Building communities of male educators of color across the country to impact education for boys of color. 

PowerUP USA: The leader in providing art, media, science and technology education to in and out of school youth and low-income adults

E2D: The mission of E2D is to ensure that every student in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has essential, at home access to computer technology and digital literacy support to achieve academic success.

Achieving Success on Purpose, Inc. was founded to help underserved youth develop the emotional and social intelligence needed to counteract delinquency and refute negative social narratives.

Self Talk Counseling & Consulting: Providing counseling, coaching and consulting services to help people overcome life challenges and roadblocks.

Where Do We Go From Here? Philanthropic Support for Black Men and Boys

Brotherly Love: Health of Black Boys and Men in Philadelphia

Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Champion of Children Report: Boys of Color, Boys At Risk


This session was moderated by Mark Jerrell, Mecklenburg County Commissioner, District 4. Panelists included:

  • Dr. Frank D. Barnes, Chief Accountability Officer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
  • Shawn Dove, Founder, Corporation for Black Male Achievement, Author, I Too Am America: On Loving and Leading Black Men & Boys
  • Timothy Fowler, President and CEO, Boys To Men Foundation
  • Righteous Keitt, Student, UNC-Chapel Hill, GenerationNation Board Member
  • Dr. James L. Moore III, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, Executive Director of the Bell National Resource Center, The Ohio State University

A special organization spotlight was presented by Don M. Thomas Jr., M.A.R.L, Executive Director, My Brother's Keeper Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Building a Dream Team: The Importance and Impact of Social Capital


If you were unable to attend or would like to view this session again and/or share it, it is available here.


Who is on your Dream Team?

American Dream Score

How We Rise Report: How social networks in Charlotte impact economic mobility


For this session, panelists included:

Food Security: Innovation and Opportunity


If you were unable to attend or would like to view this session again and/or share it, it is available here.


Jones Valley Teaching Farm:
Download their app and share their lessons with your family and friends: https://goodschoolfood.jvtf.app/
Donate at jvtf.org/donate
Volunteer by emailing volunteer@jvtf.org

The Bulb:
Recipes are available at www.thebulbgallery.org
Sign up for volunteer opportunities by clicking here.

Loaves and Fishes:
Learn ways to get involved at loavesandfishes.org/get-involved

Mid-Ohio Food Collective:
Get involved at mofc.org/get-involved
Advocate at mofc.org/advocacy


Panelists included:

Impacting Homelessness: Unique Strategies & Solutions


If you were unable to attend or would like to view this session again and/or share it, it is available here.



ALICE National Overview

Community Shelter Board Homelessness Prevention Network Screening Tool

Columbus Foundation's report Examination of FamilyHomelessness in Columbus/Franklin County, OH 2010 to 2014


Bringing It Home Conference on Ending Homelessness in North Carolina

Ending Hunger in America: Examining the Reality of Benefit Cliffs

Local Efforts:

2020 Statistics from Charlotte Family Housing


Local Spotlight: A Way Home Housing Endowment