2018 Neighborhood Exchange Encourages Residents to Spark Ideas Into Action

Leslie Blaser

CHARLOTTE, NC – The City of Charlotte's Housing & Neighborhood Services Department is hosting the Neighborhood Exchange:  Spark Ideas Into Action breakfast and panel discussion, 8:30—11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 21 at the SMS Catering Event Atrium, 1764 Norland Road.  This free event is geared toward inspiring neighborhood leaders, residents and organizers to undertake community-changing projects and connecting these individuals to available resources for putting those ideas into action. 

The event also will feature a presentation titled "Home(town) Security," by Majora Carter, a leading urban revitalization strategist, real estate developer and Peabody award-winning broadcaster. After establishing Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations), Carter opened a private consulting firm to help spread the message and success of social enterprise and economic development in low-status communities - which was named Best for the World by B-Corp in 2014.  

Following Carter's presentation will be a panel discussion with local Charlotteans making a difference in their communities. They will share experiences and lessons learned in getting their grassroots organizations off the ground.  The panel includes:

Amanda is the Founder and Executive Director of Pop Up Produce. Their mission is to empower families and individuals to grow their own food through their Fresh Start Kit program and "pop up" garden curriculum in local schools. Their focus is to Grow Food, Grow Community.

A community advocate, John is passionate about creating more vibrant communities through arts, culture and education. John serves as vice chair of MoRA, a grassroots organization that has excelled at placemaking for shaping the rebirth of Monroe Road from Oakhurst to Matthews. Public art is one of the initiatives that MoRA has undertaken, bringing neighbors, students, businesses and churches together to create a public sculpture. 

John was once told by his high school guidance counselor that he was not college material. Fast forward to today, and he now builds leaders as the CEO and Founder of the Young Black Leadership Alliance, a Charlotte non-profit organization where he provides college preparation, career readiness and trips of a lifetime for young black men and women. ​

  • amalia deloney, Principal, ACD Consulting, LLC and Founding of Co Learning for Action Project

amalia deloney is the Principal of ACD Consulting LLC, and the Founder of Co Learning for Action Project. Based in Charlotte, she works nationally with individuals, organizations and communities situated at the intersections of community building, innovation, social change, civic engagement and community-based strategy. amalia is known as a collaborator, convener, innovator and creative, and has spent the majority of her professional life working with historically marginalized communities.

For more information, visit charlottenc.gov/nex or call 704.336.3380.