The Refugee Community Partnership (RCP) is a group of UNC students and community members dedicated to improving the lives and protecting the rights of local refugee families through educational programs, raising health awareness and legal aid services in order to promote self-sufficiency and community empowerment. Current programs include: a family literacy program for refugees at Frank Porter Graham Elementary School, a series of family and health services workshop and weekly legal aid office hours at the Human Rights Center and a mentorship program that matches volunteers with at-risk refugee families. RCP serves as a committee of a local 501(c)3 nonprofit: Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Visit Refugee Community Partnership online for more information and volunteering opportunities.
The UNC-Haiti Biomedical Training Program works to develop and implement a biomedical training program that educates Haitian health workers at urban hospitals and, in turn, allows these community health workers to produce a more significant impact for biomedical equipment repair in local, rural hospitals. This program will implement an innovative program that consists of specific modules that explain the repair of high priority equipment in Haitian hospitals such as ultrasound and neonatal equipment, cardiac defibrillators, infusion pumps and other patient monitoring equipment.
Sabrina Negron ‘13
Tiffany Eden ‘14
Luciana Giorgio ‘13
The Proud Period Initiative is an effort affiliated with the Carolina Women’s Center that works toward reducing stigma towards menstrual periods and brings forth the importance of reproductive health. The team will implement these efforts through educating groups on campus about menstruation and healthy, environmentally friendly and effective products available to menstruating people. Aside from educating the UNC community, this team is working to place complimentary, disposable menstrual products, specifically pads and tampons, in female bathrooms across campus. The group will distribute information about the initiative through videos, presentations and events. The Proud Period Initiative believes that empowering people to accept their period will lead to a more inclusive and educated Carolina community.
Launch is a student organization at UNC-Chapel Hill that aims to help college-aspiring students in their transition to higher education. Through a combination of workshops and personalized mentorship, Launch student counselors partner with local high schools to guide students through the college transition. By working with teachers, school staff and the Launch leadership team, counselors will lead high school classes through college prep workshops on topics ranging from financial aid to campus involvement. Counselors will also meet regularly with a core group of five to six students to make sure that they’re on track for the college application process. Students in the program will be able to reach out to student counselors for college guidance as they build personal connections. Launch’s primary mission is to connect every student with the resources they need to apply, enroll and transition to college, regardless of their background.
RISE Leadership Academy (RISE) promotes youth leadership, life-enhancing programs, and community empowerment through the development of the first-ever youth community center in the Pear Tree River District, St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica. RISE – Recognizing youth Intellect, Success and Excellence, is founded on the premise that every youth deserves the opportunity to thrive. As the first potential youth center in St. Thomas Parish, RISE will increase the chance for community progress by focusing on youth leadership. Extending this longstanding, global support network between American and Jamaican communities will give Jamaican youth the tools to succeed, enable volunteers to recognize the need for improvement in the community and increase all participants’ cultural knowledge and dedication to service. To learn more, visit www.riseleadershipacademy.org, RISE Leadership Academy on Facebook, or follow RISE on Twitter @RISELeadAcademy.