CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The new program Project Lift has opened up a new office on the West side of town. It's located around the corner from West Charlotte High School. Administrators say the space is designed to make a difference.
"It's to know where we are," Project Lift Executive Director Denise Watts said. "And to get instant information or resolutions to problems...To be more of a community hub, a convener of people, a safe haven."
There is room in the office where students can have tutoring sessions and space for neighbors to hold community meetings.
"Research says when communities and parents are invested in schools," Watts said. "You tend to see an increase in student achievement."
Project Lift is comprised of nine struggling schools in Charlotte - Mecklenburg school district. The community invested $55 million for the next five years to give more support to students in those schools.
This school year begins the first official year for the program.
Administrators say the space didn't cost much. The city is offering the space rent free for the next five years and all the furniture was donated.