Healthy Girls Save the World continues impact

HGSW  2013When Camille McGirt received a Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship to start Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW), she knew that she wanted to make a difference in the lives of young girls, but she had no idea how many lives she would impact. Now in its second year, HGSW is moving forward teaching even more girls age 8-15 the importance of a healthy lifestyle. It’s 2013 summer experience themed “The Small Things Matter: How Small Changes Can Make Big Improvements” focused on teaching girls how to make smart health goals. They pledged to accomplish small daily goals like drinking more water, eating less candy and being active for at least 30 minutes each day.

“As part of this year’s program, we integrated our new all-star circuit, created by HGSW staff, as a mechanism for girls to get more physically active,” said McGirt. “Many people do not have access to (or time to access) gyms, recreation areas, tracks and other facilities to engage in physical activity. The HGSW circuit is composed of eight exercises (squats, planks, push ups, lunges, jump rope, jogging, ab-toe touches and jumping jacks) all of which can be completed inside the comfort of your home or garage.”

During the weeks activities, HGSW participants also visited the Carolina Campus Community Garden to learn about growing their own food and composting. Finding small ways to engage young girls in more activity builds on the basic goal to promote healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy relationships for girls.

Learn more about Healthy Girls Save the World online and on Facebook. To learn more about the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship (BSIF), visit BSIF online.

 

Buckley Public Service Scholars Class of 2013

Two hundred and fifty-eight members of the class of 2013 Buckley Public Service Scholars were honored Friday, May 10, at a ceremony in Memorial Hall. Learn more about each scholars and their achievements.

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Ninth class of UNC Buckley Public Service Scholars honored at graduation event

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APPLES intern aims to relieve hunger through Local Farmer’s Market donations

By Karen Obando ‘13

P1030373 This spring, the APPLES Service-Learning program continues toconnect UNC students with local community organizations through its internship program. Ayla Pettry ‘13 is currently serving as an APPLES spring intern at Farmer Foodshare, a nonprofit organization dedicated to relieving hunger and malnutrition in North Carolina. By collaborating with other organizations that similarly aim to reduce the cost of fresh, local food products and increase access to these foods, Farmer Foodshare impacts many community members that are currently living with hunger and lack access to nutritious foods.

Pettry has particularly taken an active role in the Farmer Foodshare Market’s Donation Station initiative, volunteering weekly at the Eno River Farmer’s Market in Hillsborough (currently one of 11 active locations). All food and monetary donations collected are used to provide and buy local foods for communities in need.

“It’s the best part of my week. As I stand there, surrounded by the booths of a close-knit group of farmers, I never cease to be amazed by the sheer generosity of people. While many of them don’t live lives of opulence, they give what they can – and believe me, every dollar helps,” said Pettry.

On average 60 pounds of donated food is collected at Eno River Farmer’s Market and distributed to six families living in the area who lack access to adequate and nutritional foods. Pettry emphasized that the donation program has been an essential component of her internship at Farmer Foodshare, but she has also contributed her efforts to other aspects of the organization and learned about how the nonprofit operates to target these community needs.

P1030371Pettry cited the importance of the course component of the internship, which serves as a meaningful
way to reflect upon her direct service work withFarmers Foodshare. The classroom offers a forum for discussions about the issues of hunger and malnutrition, as well as other important social justice issues that other interns have encounter in their experiences with the nonprofits.

“The course provides a context for many of the social justice issues that we are dealing with in our internships. In the case of Farmer Foodshare, I have been able to come to a better understanding of the many factors that combine to allow for food poverty in America. I feel as if the academic component of my APPLES internship is a valuable addition to my experience, adding depth to the work that I do and reinforcing the positive impact that I can have on the world around me.”

Service-Learning Initiative connects first-years with Carolina community

The initial few days on campus for first-year students can be overwhelming, making it difficult to connect to the larger university community. Immersing students in public service to ease that transition is what the Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is all about. Rani Reddy ‘15 says that participating in SLI helped her find her way and become more involved with service at Carolina.

“[SLI] was meaningful to me because I appreciated being with a group of incoming first-year students who were as interested in service as I was,” said Reddy. Meeting new friends and making community connections was so important to Reddy that the following year she took her involvement a step further, becoming an SLI site-leader and serving as a co-leader for SLI’s alternative fall break experience.

healthy girlsReddy’s work with SLI allowed her to expand her leadership skills and led her to better understand the importance of UNC’s connection with the local nonprofit community. Learning that early was key, allowing her to give back to the community and helping her get the most out of her UNC experience.

“My favorite part about working with APPLES Service-Learning Initiative was being able to take a leadership role in planning the fall break experience and developing a close relationship with my co-leader. I like that I can give back to an organization that has helped me gain a better footing
on UNC’s large campus.”

~ Rani Reddy, Service-Learning Initiative site leader

Seventeen individuals, groups honored for public service

University Gazette

Engaging young girls in healthy lifestyles, promoting interventions against interpersonal and relationship violence, and addressing the critical need for clean water are just a few of the public service projects the University honored during the March 26 awards ceremony hosted by the Carolina Center for Public Service. Seventeen individuals and organizations received honors.

“The breadth and depth of the efforts of these students, faculty, staff and University units exemplify UNC’s commitment to public service and engagement,” said Lynn Blanchard, center director. “The work they have done upholds the tradition of connecting the University’s mission of teaching, research and service to addressing practical problems, and we are proud to honor them.”

Stephen Caiola, associate professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, received the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service in recognition of his more than four decades of service through UNC Hospitals and the pharmacy school. His role at Carolina “is one of fulfilled service to others, largely through extending health care to every city and town across the state and beyond,” a nominator said.

Named for Brooks, a Carolina faculty member and administrator since 1972, the award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has built a sustained record of community service through individual efforts and has promoted the involvement and guidance of others.

After establishing the clinical pharmacy program at UNC Hospitals, Caiola worked with Orange Chatham Comprehensive Health Service to improve health care for the underserved in the community. He also involved pharmacy students as charter members of the Student Health Action Coalition, the oldest health affairs student-run clinic in
the country.

The center presented three Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Awards honoring service through teaching, research and partnerships:

  • Patricia S. Parker, associate professor of communication studies, was recognized for her work to provide students with an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in a real-world setting;
  • Rebecca J. Macy, associate professor in the School of Social Work, was honored for her work on interpersonal and relationship violence, especially in promoting safety and recovery from the trauma of violence; and
  • The Project GRACE Consortium was recognized for its work to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in African-American communities.

Five people and one organization received Robert E. Bryan Public Service Awards in recognition of their exemplary public service efforts:

  • Judith Blau, professor emeritus of sociology, was recognized for founding the Human Rights Center of Chapel Hill and Carrboro through her service-learning classes and connections with other campus organizations;
  • Barbara Renner, library services evaluation specialist with the Health Sciences Library, was recognized for expanding the reach of the YOUR HEALTH radio program, produced by the Department of Family Medicine;
  • Camille McGirt, a senior majoring in health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, was recognized for her work with Healthy Girls Save the World, which promotes healthy bodies, minds and relationships for young girls in the area;
  • Meriwether Evans, a law student, was recognized for her work with the Pro Bono Program, ensuring that people without economic or political means can pursue legal claims and rights;
  • Charlotte Stewart, a law student, was recognized for her work to help found the Orange County Homeless Court, a statewide Veterans Legal Resource Network and the ACLU Voting Rights Education Project; and
  • The Campus Y committee Helping Youth by Providing Enrichment was recognized for its work to promote education to underserved students in the local area.

The Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award, named for the late professor of exercise and sport science and longtime member of the Chapel Hill Rotary Club, honors projects that represent the “service above self” motto of Rotary International.

A Drink For Tomorrow received the award for its work to raise funds and awareness for the global water crisis through Las Cocas Sustainable Water Project in Peru.

http://gazette.unc.edu/2013/04/02/seventeen-individuals-groups-honored-for-public-service/

Public Service News 1/22/2013

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) publishes the Public Service News to keep students, faculty, staff and community members up-to-date on current public service resources, programs and volunteer opportunities. For more information on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu/. Join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement.

Table of Contents

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLNA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1. 2/4 – APPLES Summer Internships

2. 2/4 – Apply now for Hyatt Rotary Award

3. 2/4 – Ned Brooks Award nomination deadline

4. 2/18 – Ueltschi Service-Learning Course Development Grants

INTERNSHIPS & AWARDS

1. Apply for Carolina For Kibera Internships

2. 2/1 – Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Nonprofit Internship Program

3. 3/6 – Summer internship with Orange County Emergency Services

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1. 2/6 – Endowment 101 workshop – Tools, Tactics, Policies and Procedures

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1. 1/31 – Teaching awards selection committee is looking for new members

2. 1/26 – Volunteers needed for early education conference

3. 2/5 – First Response volunteers needed

4. 2/5 – Domestic violence hotline training

5. 2/6 – Help kids and teens with disabilities learn to swim

6. Horse leaders/sidewalker volunteers needed for therapeutic riding classes

7. ESL program seeks volunteers

8. Intern with Benevolence Farm

9. Join Each One Teach One’s board of directors

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1. 2/4 – APPLES Summer Internships

2/4 – APPLES offers summer internships for UNC students. Through an application and interview process, qualified students are matched with nonprofit and governmental organizations for internships during the summer. Interns work 35-40 hours per week for eight to ten weeks (320 total hours), earning $2,500 in funding and an hour of academic credit. Internships are open to all majors and we encourage all undergraduates to apply. For details, visit APPLES online.

2. 2/4 – Apply now for Hyatt Rotary Award

Applications are open for the Ronald W. Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award. This award offers $2,000 and $3,000 to undergraduate and graduate students. Applications are due Feb. 4 and may be submitted online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal. For details, visit CCPS online.

3. 2/4 – Ned Brooks Award nomination deadline

The Carolina Center for Public Service is accepting nominations for the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service. Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m., Feb. 4 and may be submitted through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by students, staff, faculty and/or community members. See detailed awards information online.

4. 2/18 – Ueltschi Service-Learning Course Development Grants

APPLES is accepting proposals for service-learning course development grants to support undergraduate courses. APPLES seeks to award five $8,000 grants and three $1,500 mini-grants to develop courses that integrate community-based service into the curriculum and promote the pedagogy of service-learning. For more information on the application and to apply, visit www.unc.edu/ccps/portal. Applications deadline is Monday, Feb. 18.

INTERNSHIPS & AWARDS

1. Apply for Carolina For Kibera Internships

Get valuable professional experience relevant to communications, nonprofit management, fundraising or event planning. Take on themed projects that connect to your interests and abilities. To apply, send your resume and a cover letter detailing which internship is the best fit for you and why you would be the ideal candidate to cfk@unc.edu. Learn more at http://cfk.unc.edu/aboutus/jobs/.

2. 2/1 – Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Nonprofit Internship Program

The Z. Smith Reynolds Nonprofit Internship Program will award 20 students with paid summer internships at 20 different organizations across the state of North Carolina. Eligible students must be 1) a full-time student in a four-year college or university, 2) a resident of North Carolina or attending an institution of higher education in the state, and 3) receiving a Pell grant during the current academic year. Applications and more information can be found online.

3. 3/6 – Summer internship with Orange County Emergency Services

3/6 – Orange County Emergency Services is looking for individuals interested in summer internships to gain experience working in the field of Emergency Management. Interns will receive an introduction to the operations of an emergency services department at the local level. Application deadline is March 6 with the internship running May 20 to August 9 (flexible). Visit Orange County Emergency Services online for an application and additional information.

EVENTS & MEETINGS

1. 2/6 – Endowment 101 workshop – Tools, Tactics, Policies and Procedures

Philanthropy Journal, a program of the Institute for Nonprofits, presents this interactive workshop designed for staff, board members and professional advisors who want to help organizations and foundations build and sustain a successful endowment. The workshop includes all of the tools and tactics for building a strategic endowment plan and how to create a solid foundation for the endowment with proper policies and procedures. Register online by Feb. 6.

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1. 1/31 – Teaching awards selection committee is looking for new members

Student Undergraduate Teaching and Staff Awards (SUTASA), established in 1989, are the only teaching awards on campus that are nominated, selected and funded entirely by undergraduate students. SUTASA is currently looking for new members to join the selection committee for this spring. If interested, contact uncsutasa@gmail.com by Jan 31. Include your name, year and major, as well as a statement of interest describing (in 250 words or less) why you would like to join the committee.

2. 1/26 – Volunteers needed for Early Education Conference

Child Care Services Association is hosting the 33rd annual Advancing Skills and Knowledge (ASK) Conference for early childhood educators on Saturday, Jan. 26 at East Chapel Hill High School. Volunteers are needed for the following shifts: registration from 7 – 8:30 a.m.; marshals from 7 – 10:15 a.m.; lunch from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. If interested, contact Allie Davis.

3. 2/5 – First Response volunteers needed

First Response Volunteer’s (FRV) provide a welcoming and helpful atmosphere and help client’s access the agency’s programs and services. Volunteers assess clients’ needs to determine whether they can be met by Compass Center or should be referred appropriate services in the community. FRV’s are also occasionally asked to assist with various administrative tasks. A seven-hour training is required, Tuesday Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. For details, contact volunteer@womenspace.org.

4. 2/5 – Domestic violence hotline training

The Compass Center for Women and Families seeks volunteer advocates to answer the domestic violence hotline and meet with clients in person to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, court advocacy and referrals. Weekday and overnight shifts are available. Training begins Feb. 5 and will cover topics including the dynamics of domestic abuse, active listening and legal issues. To apply, contact Susan Friedman, call 919-929-3872 or visit online.

5. 2/6 – Help kids and teens with disabilities learn to swim

Volunteers 18 years of age an older are needed to help kids and teens with disabilities learn to swim. Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Adapted Aquatics class takes place Wednesday evenings at Homestead Aquatics Center (300 Northern Parks Dr. off of MLK Blvd.) Choose from two classes: 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 – 8:15 p.m. Feb. 6 to April 17 (no class March 15 or April 3). No teaching experience necessary. If interested, contact Marian Kaslovsky, call 919-968-2813 or register online.

6. Horse leaders/sidewalker volunteers needed for therapeutic riding classes

The North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center (NCTRC) needs lesson volunteers. NCTRC offers the fun of horseback riding, along with its physical and psychological benefits, to children and adults with special needs. Volunteers are needed to help with the spring lesson session (Feb. 11 – June 14). Volunteers work directly with riders and horses in class. No experience necessary and training is provided. For more information, contact NCTRC.

7. ESL program seeks volunteers

MANO ESL Program meets twice a week at Carrboro Elementary school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7 to 8:15 p.m. A carpool leaves the Davis ATMs at 6:35 p.m. and more volunteers who can drive in our carpool are needed. Volunteers will be reimbursed. Volunteers are also needed to tutor English to non-native adults or to work with our childcare program. For more information, contact Sarah Pederson.

8. Intern with Benevolence Farm

Benevolence Farm, a nonprofit organization, seeks an intern to work with the executive director on marketing and communications projects, specifically to maintain and develop the organization’s social media presence. The intern will learn about the issues facing incarcerated and re-entrant women in North Carolina and will also gain experience in nonprofit marketing and communications. Visit Benevolence Farm online for more details.

9. Join Each One Teach One’s board of directors

Interested in social change and community development? Each One Teach One (EOTO) is a jump-start nonprofit organization funded by the APPLES Service-Learning Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship. Its goal is to develop a community center for youth in St. Thomas Parish, Jamaica. EOTO is selecting students with experience in budgeting and finance or grant-writing to serve on its board of directors. Contact Akilah Ffriend if interested.

UNC’S DISASTER RESPONSE

Whenever disasters strike – in North Carolina, the United States or around the world – Carolina students, faculty and staff immediately ask, “What can we do to help?” If you are aware of disaster response or recovery efforts being coordinated on campus that you would like listed on this page, please send an email to CCPS.

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Students connect with the community during alternative winter break

The winter break is typically a time when students relax and go home to visit family and friends. But for a dedicated group of students participating in APPLES Service-Learning’s alternative winter break, the idea of rest and relaxation was replaced by a desire to serve others. A group of 10 students ventured to Pembroke, N.C. to serve and learn about rural poverty. Over the course of the five-day trip, they worked with community partners to learn more about the realities and solutions to poverty in a rural setting.

As a co-leader of the alternative break group, Alyssa Wadding ’15 gained valuable experience working with her fellow students and passionate community partners. “This trip taught me a lot about what it means to be a leader and it really opened my eyes to the possibilities of what can be accomplished through teamwork and persistence.”

Alternative break experiences provide students an opportunity to engage in efforts to elevate a social issue by engaging in service in a specific community. Students apply what they are learning, about rural poverty, at different sites in the area through direct and indirect service and advocacy work. The impact students end up making spreads deeper as strong and sustainable partnerships are built with the community partners that students work with during their trips.

Wadding appreciated the relationship built among the alternative break group and the community partners. Between meetings with community members, doing direct service work at the local Boys and Girls Club and a food pantry, and learning about the community’s culture, a lasting bond was formed with community partners. “I had the opportunity to work with many amazing people who came together to form a family that shared many meaningful experiences. I couldn’t have asked for better or more passionate community partners.”

A very special aspect of the alternative break process is the reflection portion of each trip. Students spend time reflecting upon their learning experiences both during the trip and following the students’ return. Wadding enjoyed the reflection process because it allowed her time to take a step back and really think about what she experienced each day and how it related back to her purpose for being on the trip. “With the whirlwind of activities it is easy to get caught up in just making it to the next event, so reflections added another dimension to the overall experience and they were definitely worthwhile.”

Buckley Public Service Scholar Alex Borgen turns service work into a career

Alex Borgen’s work with Nourish International began during his junior year at Carolina and is taking him on a career path helping to combat poverty worldwide.

The 2012 graduate and Buckley Public Service Scholar snagged an internship with Nourish International, a nonprofit that started on the UNC campus, through which college students make a sustainable change on extreme poverty worldwide.

Borgen continued the internship until graduating, then took a job in Nourish’s headquarters in Carrboro, N.C., as a development associate. A double major in political science and communications studies at Carolina, Borgen says that the job enables him to gain more experience than most entry-level jobs.

While his main duties center on writing proposals for grants and partnerships with foundations and corporations, Borgen says he also does research into possible sources of financial support and revenue and helps manage a database that is crucial to fundraising.

Through his job, Borgen enables teams of college students from local Nourish chapters at 29 U.S. universities to work around the world on projects ranging from providing a source of clean drinking water for a community in Peru to improving marketing for a women’s cooperative in Turkey. Nourish students have completed 65 projects with 45 communities in 25 countries. The chapters support their projects through social enterprise ventures, including Hunger Lunches sold at the universities.

He draws on his Carolina education while on the job, and is itching to use what he learned in the rhetorical studies track in his communications studies major. “I’ve not yet used what I learned there to do any lobbying for Nourish, but I do use a lot of the communications aspects every day,” he says.

In Nourish, the Raleigh, N.C., native sees a global impact, but he most appreciates the organization’s personal impact. “The thing that keeps drawing me back to Nourish is its community. The people who work here are of exceptional quality.”

“Nourish really invests in the people working here. It’s a small organization so we get to do more than we might in other entry-level jobs.”

Read more on unc.edu.

Public Service News 1/07/2013

Table of Contents

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

1.    1/8 – Last call for the easiest nomination ever for 2013 Public Service Awards
2.    1/14 – Apply now for Davis Projects for Peace and Hyatt Rotary Awards

INTERNSHIPS & AWARDS

1.    Project Guanajuato Summer Internship Opportunities in Mexico
2.    Intern with Carolina for Amani

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

1.    Spring Semester Mentor Program
2.    Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, ReStore
3.    Urban Education Year-of-Service opportunity in Chicago

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Office of the Provost Award celebrates university-community partnership

As the nation’s first public university, Carolina has a long tradition of service to the state of North Carolina. Through the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award, the Ned Brooks Award for Public Service and the Office of the Provost Engaged Scholarship Award, the University proudly recognizes outstanding engaged service and scholarship.

In 2012, the Center established an additional Office of the Provost Award to recognize an outstanding university-community partnership. The inaugural award honored the work of the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention’s Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Core for focusing on problem solving through model collaborative relationships. Melvin Jackson, program director with Strengthening The Black Family, Inc. said, “In the last decade, UNC has been at the forefront in providing growing support for community-based organizations and leaders who have skills, knowledge and training to be equitable partners in community engagement.”

Alexandra Lightfoot, director of the CBPR Core added that CBPR Core’s project Community Engagement Consulting Models: Taking Them to Scale is a perfect example of responsiveness to community concerns and the development of strong community partnerships within its governance, community and intra-university units. “This award not only recognizes the value of engaged research; it also promotes the expertise of community partners in advancing the work of community-academic partnerships through community-based participatory research.”

“Our academies and communities have mutual visions, values and interests that are better served when we are working together, combining our resources and talents to improve our action and learning as we create a healthier, more just and caring North Carolina.”
~ Mac Legerton, executive director, Center for Community Action