IMPACT OF POVERTY MAKES IMPRESSION ON PROVIDENCE DAY STUDENTS
Feb 07, 2014


IMPACT OF POVERTY MAKES IMPRESSION ON PROVIDENCE DAY STUDENTS

SHARE Charlotte’s “Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” Program Educates Tomorrow’s Leaders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 7, 2014) – On Friday, SHARE Charlotte’s “Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” program provided freshmen students at Providence Day School an opportunity to learn about the impact poverty has on Charlotte through testimonies and hands-on experiences.

Real-life stories like that of Theresa Ulyatt made an impact on students by showcasing her story of homelessness, and how, over time, she transcended to become a successful business woman.

“I believe it’s important to share with these students life experiences that reveal how difficult life is for many,” said Ulyatt, now a board member at A Child’s Place. “As a young girl, my mom was relentless to find ways to improve our lives. Her commitment to fight for a better life was instilled in me and my younger sisters. I took that determination and used it to find success.”

SHARE Charlotte, an organization dedicated to creating a more engaged community, introduced the class of 144 students to the “Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” program in November 2013 as a three-part pilot program.

For today’s second installment, students also were exposed to community leaders and nonprofits that are working together to combat poverty through education, arts and culture, and workforce and economic development.

Annabelle Suddreth, the executive director of A Child's Place, led students in a poverty simulation that required students to make difficult choices similar to the choices homeless children and families make every day.

In addition, Bob Morgan from the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce; LaRita Barber from Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont; Molly Shaw from Communities in Schools; and Robert Bush from the Arts and Science Council participated in a panel discussion organized by SHARE.

“SHARE is passionate about introducing students to the diverse work being done to combat poverty in Charlotte,” said Kelly Brooks, founder of SHARE Charlotte. “Our hope is the “Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” program will not only educate students but develop compassion for their neighbors and demonstrate ways in which they can become involved in finding a solution.”

Following the panel discussion, students spent the afternoon gaining hands-on experience at Goodwill, A Child's Place, The Learning Collaborative, Community School of the Arts, Promising Pages and the Bethlehem Center of Charlotte. Activities included working with preschoolers at The Learning Collaborative; setting up art rooms at the Community School of the Arts, and refurbishing books for children with no access to books at Promising Pages.

“Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” was introduced in November 2013 as a three-part pilot program. Accompanying each event is a speaker series featuring community leaders and nonprofit organizations discussing Charlotte’s community challenges. The final installment will take place April 16 with a focus on hunger and nutrition, health and the environment.

For more information on SHARE, please visit www.SHARECharlotte.com. Additional information or photography related to the “Be the Change: Poverty in Charlotte” program may be requested from Crystal Emerick.

Media Contact:
Crystal Emerick
ASPIRE Communications
(704) 361-5230
crystal.emerick@aspirecommunications.org

About SHARE Charlotte:
SHARE Charlotte is dedicated to creating a more engaged community by connecting individuals with local nonprofit organizations and causes. Launched in December 2012, SHARE created an intuitive website which makes learning about and getting engaged with local nonprofits much easier. The website, www.SHARECharlotte.com, is a free, local and centralized collection of more than 215 nonprofits that serve Mecklenburg County.

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