Carolina Youth Coalition is a non-profit organization that nurtures and propels high-achieving, under-resourced students to and through college.
The Friedland Foundation aims to ensure that the bright light within promising young children is not dimmed by life's challenges and circumstances by helping them stay focused on their path to a college education and achieving future goals and stability.
Gardhouse increases post-graduate employment opportunities amongst college students of color by maximizing work-based programming.
Get talented, first-gen students to and through college. GenOne envisions a future where all first-generation students from underserved communities who display the drive and potential to pursue higher education will have access to the knowledge, resources, and support to achieve their goal, regardless of their zip code, racial/ethnic identity, or family income.
At Greater Steps Scholars we fight poverty by helping students access education through providing scholarships, mentoring and guidance to our community's most vulnerable students – those living in subsidized properties managed by INLIVIAN who are under 25 years of age and plan to attend college, technical, or vocational school.
Road to Hire is a nonprofit dedicated to interrupting cycles of intergenerational poverty and promoting racial justice by creating robust, diverse talent pipelines for employers committed to inclusive workforces.
Talented Girls in Action empowers girls to be agents of change by providing academic support and career readiness development in underprivileged communities.
The Academy of Goal Achievers develop youth leaders to impact communities, while helping high school students and parents prepare for post-secondary careers and educational options.
UrbanPromise Charlotte’s mission is to provide Charlotte’s children and youth with the spiritual, academic, and social development necessary to become Christian leaders determined to restore their communities.
Ignite students’ potential by expanding their confidence, connections, and horizons through summer camps, year-round enrichment programs, and mentor relationships for self-motivated, underserved students.
Your involvement matters! Let us know how you are interested in supporting the coalition or it’s member organizations.
The Crescent Coalition is a community-led association of organizations committed to improving Charlotte’s economic mobility by enhancing pathways for college and career success.
Promote meaningful connections between coalition organizations.
Share best-practices and data to improve impact and efficiency.
Work collaboratively to deepen support and improve student outcomes.
Facilitate successful transitions between organizations as students’ progress through milestones.
Provide complementary services from multiple organizations for maximum student benefits.
Families and students attended College Financial Aid Night
Students attended two collaborative college tours
Partner Convenings since Feb 2022
Dr. Friedland, founder of the Friedland Foundation, and Aaron Randolph, co-founder of Carolina Youth Coalition, identified the need for a coalition of partners to advance college access and career readiness in Charlotte. Although many partners were tackling similar problems facing high potential and under-resourced students, there was little to no coordination among partners.After some initial partner momentum and collaboration was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2021 Dr. Friedland and Aaron Randolph approached Leading on Opportunity for their support in the Crescent Coalition effort. Leading on Opportunity provided ‘initiative incubation’ support by: recruiting and hiring a College and Career Readiness consultant with a job scope that includes oversight of the Crescent Coalition initiative, allocating staff time to support planning and goal setting, and general support for meetings and ongoing partnership needs.