Nolo Martinez

We work so all residents can succeed.

We conducted focus groups with local leaders and surveyed residents and heard that many want expanded economic and job opportunities in the county, especially for residents facing the greatest barriers. We also learned that people want new voices included in Forsyth County leadership and decision-making. We’re partnering with the community to make this vision a reality.

In 2016, white unemployment locally was a low four percent compared to approximately six percent for Hispanics and Latinos, and more than eight percent for African American residents.

We envision an inclusive economy.

Data shows a wide range of income levels in Forsyth County. It also reveals that, while many residents are working, they are not earning enough to support themselves and their families. To address this, we are focused on improving the lives of residents who need equitable support to thrive, including youth, people of color, people with low incomes, young children and their parents, and the elderly.

Our Developing Approach

Building will for economic mobility through ecosystem change.

We plan to work with the community to identify and support high-impact polices and programs that connect excluded groups to greater economic opportunities.

Maximizing Great Expectations through intergenerational social mobility.

We are exploring investments that will improve the probability for economic mobility of children by also supporting the educational attainment and career advancement of parents.

Launching the next generation through systemic, multisectoral opportunities.

It’s important to offer greater support to the growing number of disconnected youth aged 16-24 who are not connected to work or education.

Maintaining the safety net.

We seek to create resiliency to shocks and stresses, especially among people with low incomes. We’ve announced a funding strategy to improve the effectiveness  of the local safety net system.

Special Initiative: Great Expectations

We invest in our children's future.

One way to support economic mobility in the county is to invest in our youngest generation. That’s why we are investing half of our local grantmaking resources to ensure children in Forsyth County—especially those in families living in poverty—reach developmentally appropriate milestones in the first five years, enter kindergarten ready to learn, and leave set for success in school and life.