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Project Opportunity committee records

Identifier: UA0186

Scope and Contents

This collection primarily includes memoranda, budgets, and correspondence relating to the Project Opportunity program at UNC Charlotte. Topics covered include curriculum, logistics, funding, and staffing.


  • 1969 - 1970


Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for research.


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Administrative History

Project Opportunity was a joint project between UNC Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS). The program began on campus in 1969. It's goals were to identify, support, and enrich the lives of middle school children from "inner city" Charlotte (sepcifically, Irwin Junior High School); to provide an in-service learning experience for CMS teachers; to begin a program of pre-service experience for UNCC education students; to introduce UNCC to underserved communities; and to serve as a partnership opportunity between UNCC and CMS.

The program was a four-week summer learning experience, in which middle school students were brought to UNCC's campus to attend daily class sessions and participate in activities that provided "stimulation and enrichment". In addition to basic school curriculum, enrichment topics included French, African art, dancing, music history, bridge lessons, computer science, and baton twirling. Student teachers were selected from UNCC and other Charlote Area Consortium schools. According to planning documents, "a real effort would be made to have one Black and one white student aide in each class."

The first year of the program, all of the participating students were black. In 1970, the program was a mix of 19 white and 28 Black students. That year the program became an overnight experience. Students and counselors were housed in UNCC residence halls for the duration of the program.

The program had multiple funding sources, such as grants from the Ford Foundation and UNCC Foundation, and financial contributions made by many local churches.

Joyce Sparks of CMS and Loy Witherspoon of UNCC provided professional assistance and direction to the program.


.209 Linear Feet (1 slim letter document box)




This collection contains the records for the Project Opporunity committee from 1969-1970.
Project Opportunity committee records
Katie Howell
October 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte [All collections not yet online. For assistance, contact Special Collections: spec-coll@uncc.edu; 704-687-1170] Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States