Our Mission

We are breaking economic mobility barriers in the greater Charlotte area! In the US, 33% of recent high school graduates are either unemployed or unable to find full-time jobs. We believe that every motivated young adult should have an equal opportunity to develop professional skills and move up the economic ladder – even if college isn’t an option. 

 
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Core Values

To help our students stay grounded and guide them through the program, we hold them to the standards of Four Core Values:

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This is a once in a life time opportunity. We’ve created a program that gives our students incredible access, exposure and opportunity. We ask that our students take advantage of every opportunity to learn, grow and stay uncomfortable.

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Together we’re much better. We believe in creating relationships that will last long after our students graduate our program. Our expectation is that our students embrace diversity of thought and experience, learn with and from each other, and consistently strive to support and help one another.

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Leaving a legacy starts with the small things. We believe that every interaction we experience is an opportunity to make the world around us better. Our students and graduates should always look the part, act the part, and treat their physical environment as a reflection of their legacy.

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There’s the old adage “Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” One of the key elements of living a choice filled life is understanding the virtue and value of making the right choices. We don’t believe in cutting corners. We don’t like drama. We want our students to make ethical decisions that benefit the greater good.

 

Four Outcomes

Our commitment to our students is that by the end of their experience, they will be…

  More Marketable -  Equipped with the skills and knowledge to find the job they want and navigate future growth opportunities in their career   More Independent -  Equipped with the tools to gain more control of their life and have a strong foundation on which to build lifelong habits for success   More Connected –  Become part of a network of young professionals and exposed to rich cultural experiences   More Confident –  Empowered to let their voice be heard and their story be told

More Marketable - Equipped with the skills and knowledge to find the job they want and navigate future growth opportunities in their career

More Independent - Equipped with the tools to gain more control of their life and have a strong foundation on which to build lifelong habits for success

More Connected – Become part of a network of young professionals and exposed to rich cultural experiences

More Confident – Empowered to let their voice be heard and their story be told

 

Leadership

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CHANDLER MARTIN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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MANNY FOSTER

TRAINER

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MARK KROH

L&D TECHNOLOGY PARTNER

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RUTH RUSSELL

TRAINER

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