APPLES Service-Learning turns 25

By BY Sofia Edelman, The Daily Tar Heel

Coming from humble beginnings, APPLES has served the University and its community for the past quarter century.

The service-learning organization, which celebrated its 25th anniversary this weekend, offers specialized courses and training to provide experienced and sensitive volunteers to local organizations.

Since 2009, the organization has been a part of the Center for Public Service, which was on the chopping block during the Board of Governors’ review of university centers and institutes.

“The Center writ large has really benefited from more intensive student involvement, and I think APPLES has benefited from the Center’s broader involvement in campus,” said Lynn Blanchard, the director of the center, which was eventually not cut by the board.

Senior and current APPLES president Cayce Dorrier agreed with Blanchard.

“It’s great to have the Carolina Center for Public Service there to be a resource for us when we’re trying to implement some of our new ideas because they have a lot of connections throughout the University,” she said.

Remembering when the fledgling organization still had to ask for office supplies, Michael Ulku-Steiner, who helped create APPLES, said he is immensely proud of how the organization has grown.

“We could not have imagined how it would be so permanent, so varied, so integral,” Ulku-Steiner said. “I work at a school in Durham and (APPLES alumni) come back, and they talk about the APPLES classes they’re taking, and it’s hugely gratifying that it’s a part of the fabric of the University now.”

Ulku-Steiner said APPLES started with the Campus Y but separated to incorporate the program into the classroom.

“APPLES comes from the same traditions as the Campus Y — it grows out of the same roots,” he said. “It’s definitely where I learned and got my start in social justice issues and leadership training.”

Ulku-Steiner, Tony Deifell and Cindy Cheatham, among other supporters, created APPLES to prepare students to help with local agencies, Ulku-Steiner said.

“They’re just better volunteers; they’re more educated; they get the background and the context,” he said. “They’re more sensitive, more skilled. I had been connecting student volunteers to agencies; that’s how I got involved at the Student Y. It was really about taking the dots and trying to connect them.”

Cheatham credits APPLES for teaching her to find meaning in what she learns.

“The most important thing I learned was the appreciation of not just book learning but (that) practical experience and reflection can help you go deeper,” Cheatham said.

In the beginning, APPLES found support from professors, including the late Doris Betts and Sonja Stone as well as professors Joy Kasson, Peter Filene and Rachel Willis.

Willis, a faculty member in the Department of American Studies, spoke highly of her experience with APPLES student leaders.

“A couple of students came knocking on my door and asked, ‘We heard you’re a weird professor,’ — that was their opening line — and I said, ‘Yeah,’ and they said, ‘We have a weird idea, would you try it?’” Willis said. “And they described what service learning was, and I said, ‘Bring me something to read.’”

APPLES became a real entity on campus when students passed a referendum to increase student fees by 90 cents to fund APPLES indefinitely, Deifell said.

“I knew as soon as the elections were over that this thing was going to last. It was going to accumulate community partnerships. It was going to accumulate faculty allies. It was going to accumulate student leaders,” Deifell said.

“Because I was a student leader, I wanted to set it up in a way that was going to prioritize and lift up, protect the student leaderships.”

Leslie Parkins, who started working for APPLES in 2003, has been exposed to community service since a young age and to service learning since she worked at Miami University in Ohio.

Throughout the years, the programs APPLES offers have grown tremendously thanks to private gifts and the office of the provost, said Parkins.

Parkins said APPLES needs to expand opportunities to include more students.

“With alternative breaks and internships, more than twice the number of people apply that can be accepted,” she said. “We aim to find innovative ways to offer more experiences for those students.”

Dorrier has made changes in the organization this year while keeping her eyes toward the future.

“I have shifted the focus this year to sustainable growth. Each committee created a five-year plan brainstorming how to grow APPLES programs in both depth and numbers. I also have started to look into fundraising as a source to fund this growth,” Dorrier said in an email.

“Additionally, I foresee APPLES having stronger connections with other organizations on campus. We have already started offering collaborative alternative breaks with other UNC organizations, and we partnered with the Campus Y this spring to put on two workshops.”

Jesse White, an APPLES alumnus, said working with the organization is a unique experience that keeps students coming back to volunteer.

“It brings real-world problems and situations into their learning environment. It teaches them in a way that really can’t be taught just from a lecture or from someone telling you the information,” White said.

Hannah Coletti, another APPLES alumna, said experiential learning is the reason why APPLES has had such success.

“I think it comes down to the fact that every experience that our students have with APPLES is so deep and meaningful, that it stays with them in a way that they don’t get in just a lecture or even a service experience that’s not connected with reflecting on how it affected their daily life back in their university community,” Colletti said.

Parkins said that APPLES seeks to reach out to more departments within the University and find new ways of funding the organization.

“There is always something growing with APPLES. I imagine we will have a lot to celebrate in another 25 years.”

Senior Writer Jane Wester contributed reporting

APPLES celebrates 25 years at UNC

By Janell Smith

Twenty-six years ago, Tony Deifell and four other Carolina students (Mike Ulku-Steiner, Serena Wille, Kas Decarvahlo and Emily Lawson), saw the need for service experiences to be incorporated into their academic lives. As members of the Campus Y, they were frustrated by the University’s absence of a program that recognized the learning experiences they had outside of the classroom in service activities.

In 1989, they put forth a plan to create a student organization that would provide students with experiences in service-learning.

“I was all fired up about trying to design a program that would be much more academic-based than student activities-based,” Deifell said.

When the University declined to fund the program, they lobbied students directly, encouraging them to pass a referendum to tax themselves to pay for APPLES. Students approved the referendum and student fee. One year later, in 1990, the APPLES Service-Learning program was fully functioning.

In the 25 years following its inception, APPLES remains one of the only student-led programs at Carolina that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. What began in 1990 as six service-learning courses has grown to be a program that strengthens civic engagement through the collaboration of students, faculty and communities in a variety of programs, including alternative breaks, the service-learning initiative, internships, courses and fellowships.

The 25th anniversary celebration, Feb. 27 and 28, brought together current students, alumni, APPLES founders, professors and community partners for a weekend of meaningful reflection, service and planning.

Emily Lawson - DC Prep - Action Shot - Courtesy of Jeffrey MacMillan PhotographyEmily Lawson, an APPLES co-founder and CEO and founder of DC Prep, said that she signed up for the event because of the program’s momentum, longevity and sustained importance in her life.

“Co-founding APPLES was a passion of mine as an undergrad at UNC,” Lawson said. “A lot of the principles that were important to my fellow co-founders – public service, activism, community engagement, equality – remain important to me in my day to day life.

“It’s encouraging and deeply gratifying to see new generations of UNC students’ involvement in the organization,” said Lawson.

At the core of APPLES’ longevity is its ability to transform itself and to meet the needs of the students and communities it serves. In doing so, the anniversary theme highlights the sustainable growth of the organization.

APPLES programs are constantly evolving not only to promote sustainability, but to meet the expressed needs of students and community partners.

For example, Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships now include two grant funding opportunities and a service-learning course designed to help fellows develop long-lasting, service-based initiatives. Likewise, spring and summer internships provide a stipend and academic credit for student interns. Additionally, a reflections committee was created to foster meaningful reflection about service-learning experiences.

In 2009, APPLES underwent another change: The service-learning organization joined the Carolina Center for Public Service, bringing together two organizations with rich histories rooted in service-learning, community engagement and scholarship to become more integrated in addressing Carolina’s mission of public service.

Continuing to evolve, in this academic year alone, APPLES experienced two successful program developments.

ASB 2014 disaster reliefAPPLES Alternative Breaks have implemented three new program elements this year: SEED orientations, a new collaborative break and a carbon-neutral initiative.

These developments stress the importance of reflection, community partnerships and sustainability of a different kind ‒ environmental responsibility.

Christina Galardi, graduate assistant for alternative breaks, said these new components strengthen the connection between community engagement and the classroom in a new, but necessary way.

“We don’t want [the break] to feel like an isolated experience,” Galardi said.

The 2014-2015 academic year continued a year of anniversaries: in May 2014, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, also a part of the Center, graduated its 10th class. In November 2014 the Center celebrated its 15th anniversary. In celebration of these anniversaries, including APPLES 25th, the Center launched the I Serve campaign to provide Carolina students, staff, faculty, alumni and community partners with a visible way to explain why they serve and to inspire others to serve.

The campaign includes photos from Chancellor Carol Folt, Coach Roy Williams and Coach Sylvia Hatchell, among others.

Janell_Smith_wk8_340x363“The idea really took hold with the center staff,” said Cayce Dorrier, APPLES president and an anniversary committee member who helped implement the I Serve campaign. “It has grown beyond just celebrating the anniversaries of APPLES and CCPS.”

The success of the campaign is a reflection of APPLES’s influence on the university and its unwavering commitment to service, Dorrier added.

APPLES students, staff, community partners and alumni gathered to celebrate APPLES 25th anniversary with a full complement of activities Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28. Its annual APPLES awards dinner Friday, Feb. 27 honored five individuals and an organization that have provided significant contributions to service-learning and support to APPLES. Recognized were:

  • Reena Gupta ’15 – APPLES Undergraduate Excellence Award
  • Community Empowerment Fund – APPLES Community Partner Excellence Award
  • Rachel Willis – APPLES Teaching Excellence Award
  • Donna LeFebvre – Service-Learning Award in honor of Ned Brooks
  • Cindy Cheatham – Outstanding Alumni Award

On Saturday, Feb. 28, participants discussed ways to build on APPLES successes through meaningful reflection, active engagement, networking and discussions about APPLES longevity and opportunities.

APPLES has made a lasting impact on Carolina and other communities, nationally and globally.

Since 2000, 1,651 students participated on alternative break experiences; 22,675 students enrolled in more than 1,000 APPLES service-learning courses; 722 first-year students were introduced to service at UNC through the Service-Learning Initiative; 131 fellows created service-based organizations; and 493 interns had professional work experiences. Through this involvement, APPLES participants’ commitment to public service has produced more than 1 million hours of service.

Furthermore, APPLES alumni ‒ who include founders of charter schools and other educators, nonprofit consultants, entrepreneurs, doctors, even a professional actor ‒ continually relate their current success to their involvement in APPLES.

APPLES alumnus Will Thomason ’10 said APPLES provided him with the foundation to commit himself to public service for the rest of his life.

“Through guided discussion, academic and ethnographic research and public engagement, I was able to grow as a servant, as a leader and as an individual, both within the APPLES program and beyond,” Thomason said.

In the past 25 years, APPLES and its participants have left lasting “heelprints” on the campus community and beyond. They are imprinted locally, nationally, globally and individually, and are perhaps the most telling sign of the organization’s impact.

Passion and dedication lead to Prevention through Education

By Laura Fisher

Prevention Through Education childFor senior dental hygiene student Jaehee Yoo, giving back to the community is a refreshing and consistent part of her life. Yoo came to the United States from South Korea when she was eight, and wishes she had met older students to learn from and look up to as role models in her transition to America. This understanding of the needs of immigrant families combined with her experience at the UNC School of Dentistry inspired her to create Prevention through Education, an oral health education program for immigrant families.
“Serving these families is a wonderful privilege because we are not only addressing their oral conditions and subsequent health disparities, but also developing cultural competency to further meet the dental and medical needs of our increasingly diverse world,” said Yoo.

Prevention Through Education logoFunded through the 2014 Hyatt Rotary Public Service Award offered through the Carolina Center for Public Service to support innovative public service projects, Prevention through Education has hosted dental education events focused on newly arrived immigrant and refugee families, a group that Yoo noticed was void of dental education. By educating families, especially parents and caregivers who supervise their children’s dental hygiene habits, the event aimed to promote proper dental care and reduce the likelihood of expensive dental diseases.

“Prevention through Education is a collaboration among UNC undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff from various healthcare disciplines serving a unique population,” said Yoo. “As students, we are already practicing our abilities to effectively communicate with each other and work together as a healthcare team to make an impact in the community. This is pretty significant. We are learning by doing, and it is very exciting.”

Prevention Through Education groupYoo said that her passion for her work comes from her faith. “To quote Jesus, ‘For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brother and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” (Matthew 25:35, 40)

UNC-Chapel Hill named to 2014 President’s Honor Roll for community service

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has again been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction in General Community Service. The President’s Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition that colleges and universities can receive for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

UNC-Chapel Hill has been recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll annually since it began in 2006. For the reporting year (2012-13), more than 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students provided more 1.7 million hours of service. According to the Independent Sector estimate of value for volunteer time for 2013 ($22.14 an hour), the value of the 1,778,624 service hours performed by Carolina students is more than $39 million.

The Carolina Center for Public Service submitted UNC’s nomination on behalf of the University. Three programs were highlighted in the nomination as examples of UNC’s commitment to community engagement. Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW), Musical Empowerment and the Buckley Public Service Scholars program (BPSS).

Healthy Girls Save the World

HGSW  2013HGSW is a holistic health organization that emphasizes health, allowing girls to establish healthy habits at a young age. The program targets girls ages 8-15 and promotes healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy relationships. HGSW provides information about exercise and nutrition and integrate lessons on self-esteem, good study habits and the importance of respectful and positive relationships. During free events, participants meet and engage in physical activity with UNC’s female student athletes, including women from basketball, volleyball, soccer, swim, field hockey and gymnastics teams. Participants also hear from nutritionists and fitness instructors, and interact with UNC students from a variety of schools who lead interactive activities to stimulate instruction, dialogue and reflection. HGSW was originally developed through a Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship awarded by the APPLES Service-Learning program at UNC.

Musical Empowerment

Musical Empowerment is a nonprofit, student organization at UNC created to make a difference in the lives of children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. The program’s founders recognized that music fosters discipline, confidence and common values, yet the cost of music lessons can be a significant barrier to children being able to participate in the arts. In 2002, Musical Empowerment was created by a Carolina undergraduate student in response to this need and to connect with Spanish-speaking families in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. The program connects children from primarily low-income families in the community with UNC students who volunteer their time to teach free, private, weekly music lessons. In its first year, the program included 12 UNC student volunteers teaching piano, guitar, violin and voice lessons. Since then, Musical Empowerment has grown exponentially and now has more than 100 students involved, teaching lessons in many instruments including trumpet, piano, cello, guitar, clarinet, violin, flute, viola and voice.

Buckley Public Service Scholars program

BPSS - Dunville, HoltonThe Buckley Public Service Scholars program provides a framework for Carolina undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through community engagement. BPSS challenges participants to expand their understanding of service, connect academic and community-based experiences and build their capacity to help effect change. While completing the program, participants build portfolios reflecting their learning and unique service experiences throughout North Carolina, the nation and the world. BPSS incorporates a substantial commitment to public service and several forms of structured training and reflection on that engagement. Currently approximately 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are enrolled as participants. After completing the program, Buckley Public Service Scholars are recognized at a special graduation ceremony, receive a public service cord and notation on their academic transcript.

The President’s Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions whose community service efforts support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. This recognition is part of a strategic commitment to engage millions of college students in service and highlight the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

Since 2006, UNC has repeatedly been named to the honor roll with distinction. In 2009, UNC received the President’s Higher Education Community Service Award for General Community Service at a ceremony in New York’s Carnegie Hall.

Carnegie Foundation selects UNC-Chapel Hill for 2015 Community Engagement Classification

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has selected UNC-Chapel Hill as one of 240 U.S. colleges and universities to receive its 2015 Community Engagement Classification. This is a re-classification for UNC-Chapel Hill; the original classification was received in 2006.Teaching at Hillside High School, Journalism class, which we helped revive their defunct school newspaper, the Hillside Chornicle.  Photo courtesy of the Hillside Chronicle

As the first public university to open its doors, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has built a long tradition of service to the State of North Carolina that has evolved into an even deeper engagement that involves mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and communities in North Carolina and far beyond.

The Carolina Center for Public Service (CCPS) is the pan-university entity for service and engagement. In addition, Carolina has a wide array of programs at the school and unit level, as well as 15 focused centers and institutes formally classified as public service entities and more than 600 officially-recognized student organizations, many focusing entirely on service. In a 2013 campus-wide survey regarding engagement and economic development, campus units reported more than 1,700 community partnerships involving more than 4,000 partners.

“Community engagement is not only part of our history here at Carolina, it is an essential part of our future,” said Chancellor Carol L. Folt. “Its connections to our teaching and research endeavors help distinguish who we are as an institution. The impact of Carolina’s commitment is as broad and deep as the thousands of activities throughout the state and around the world. But perhaps the biggest impact is the number of students who, because of their experiences while at Carolina, leave Chapel Hill well prepared for and dedicated to lives of service.”

Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement were invited to apply for the classification. Community engagement describes collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutual beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources.

The Community Engagement Classification was first offered in 2006. Since then, it has been given to 361 schools, 18 of which are in North Carolina. The next opportunity for institutions to apply for classification will be during the 2020 cycle.

SMART mentor makes a difference, motivated by culture

By Dylan Roberts

SMART Mentoring April OoEvery two years, Khin Hnit Oo, who goes by April Oo, travels to Burma to see her family. The junior health policy management major was born in Yangon, Burma, but moved to the United States when she was seven years old. Here at UNC, she is able to maintain a connection to Burma through the SMART Mentoring program. This program linked her to Suzy, her mentee, who is also from Burma. Over the course of the program, the two have developed a bond and engage in small meaningful activities.
SMART Mentoring engages UNC undergraduate students and local middle-school students in mentoring relationships. The program, run in partnership with Volunteers for Youth, targets students from low-income communities and focuses on issues of race, class and gender.
When April and Suzy meet, they typically reflect on their culture by sharing Burmese dishes, practicing the Burmese language and sharing family norms. April is currently teaching Suzy to read, write and speak the Burmese language, which was important to Suzy’s parents. Suzy knows very little Burmese and speaks to her parents only in English, which has created a communication barrier.
“In retrospect, I feel like having a mentor in my life around the age Suzy is now would have helped me tremendously with obstacles I faced as a child of first-generation, Immigrant parents,” Said April. “I learned that Chapel Hill has a considerable Burmese refugee population and I thought my background and fluency in Burmese could be an asset if I were to be matched to a Burmese mentee.”

Since Suzy has been meeting with April, her Burmese vocabulary has expanded, giving her a stronger connection to the Burmese culture. Suzy was born in Burma but has spent all of her life in America. Since she has never met any family members there, April’s guidance is important to her. “I really enjoy hanging out with April. I have a lot of fun,” said Suzy.

April OoAs a Smart mentor, April describes her experience as being much more than just being a mentor. “Suzy reminds me of my own sister, who is 15 and lives in Burma,” she said. In just a few weeks of knowing April, her mentee wrote a meaningful poem:

Well hello, Miss Mellow!
How are you doing on this fine day, aren’t the skies clear today?
The sun is shining and birds are singing,
And I smile at all, the happiness you’re bringing!
The giggles, laughter, chuckles, and fun,
Oh let the light and smiles all come!
Miss Mellow, you are truly a delight,
Because when with you, my day becomes truly bright.

April and Suzy have created a scrapbook of their time together, so they never forget the memories they make. Although the program only runs through the school year, many Smart mentors stay in contact with their mentees and continue to be a positive influence. April has seen tremendous growth from Suzy as a student and has enjoyed being her guide. She hopes to continue their friendship beyond the SMART program.

2014 Alternative Fall Breaks bring new elements

By Janell Smith

bowl_painting_afb2014Since the 1990s, alternative breaks have been a defining experience of the APPLES Service-Learning program. On Oct. 15, APPLES continued with its traditional alternative break structure and sent 70 students to communities across the state and mid-Atlantic region.
Though the basic framework of the breaks remains, much has changed since the first alternative break and the program continues to evolve. This year’s Alternative Fall Break (AFB) program introduced three new components: Service, Engagement, Enrichment and Development (SEED) orientations, the Arts in Public Service break experience and a carbon-free initiative.

SEED Orientations
On Saturday, Oct. 4, approximately 70 select students gathered for a pre-orientation in the Student Union to prepare for the various APPLES AFB experiences on which they would embark.
“Students were very receptive to the pre-orientation, which was complemented by a re-orientation on Oct. 26 after the students’ return,” said senior program officer of APPLES Service-Learning Leslie Parkins.

Pre-orientations are meant to familiarize break participants with the APPLES approach to community engagement and the importance of reflection before the break. Sa’a Mohammed, a junior psychology major and participant on the Urban Communities alternative break, attended the pre-orientation.

group_afb2014“My group was really diverse and each individual brought something different and really valuable to this experience,” Mohammed said. “It was great to meet the group before leaving for the actual trip and to truly learn about service-learning as well.”

Similar to the pre-orientation, the re-orientation provided break participants with the opportunity continue the service-center spirit they cultivated during the break. Christina Galardi, graduate assistant for Alternative Breaks, said this inaugural reorientation was a powerful experience, as it was the first conversation of its kind where students reflected and brainstormed ideas to further the service they began in their break experience in other communities.
“We don’t want [the break] to feel like an isolated experience,” Galardi said. “[Students] come back from the experience very energized and we wanted to give them a forum to channel that energy and focus it on how they could actually use it to feed back into their studies and feed back into their impact on campus.”

2014 AFB APS SelfieArts in Public Service

APPLES launched a new break experience this fall as well. Participants on the Arts in Public Service break harnessed their creativity by incorporating it into service. The break was created through a collaborative grant between APPLES and Carolina Performing Arts and aims to use art as a form of service and community building.
Break leaders Aditi Borde and Kelly Pope, students who are both involved in arts ranging from musical theater to belly dancing, were excited to help students draw new connections between arts and public service through their AFB experience.

“I see the arts as a universal way to communicate,” Pope said. “My hope is that [participants] expand their knowledge on what the ‘arts’.

“I want them to take their new understanding of this art — and all the different art mediums — and use it to communicate, to relate to other people and to provide service ultimately. It can be done, and it is being done.”

Borde, Pope and 10 other UNC students traveled to Asheville, North Carolina during the break, where they discovered how both art and service has become integral to the Asheville community.
The group explored a variety of museums in the Asheville area, including the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design, Black Mountain College Museum, the Folk Art Center, the Asheville Pinball Museum, the Asheville Area Arts Council and a book press. They completed services projects with the Asheville Community Theater, creating bowls that were then donated to a local homeless shelter.2014 AFB APS Learning

The pair is hopeful that this groundbreaking experience has forged sustainable relationships with the community, which will help the alternative break endure for years to come.

Carbon-Neutral Initiative

Daniel Irvin, a junior and AFB co-chair, hopes to incorporate sustainability into APPLES alternative breaks in a different way.

Inspired by a 2011 change at Appalachian State University, where the university’s Alternative Service Experience programs practice carbon neutrality and simple living, Irvin piloted a similar environmentally sustainable initiative with APPLES AFB Environmental Issues.

“I wanted to bring it to APPLES for two reasons,” Irvin said. “I thought it lined up perfectly with our ideals of critically thinking about service, and figuring out how to make our service better. Making a commitment to make all our breaks carbon-neutral shows that we are thinking about how our lives affect the rest of the world, both on break trips and off them.”

Creek_afb2014During the fall break, APPLES participants tracked their carbon emissions, calculating just how much carbon they emitted. These calculations will help the students determine how many trees need to be planted to counterbalance their emissions. To promote carbon neutrality, Irvin plans to partner with UNC groundskeeper for a tree-planting day.

“My second reason [for focusing on this carbon-neutral initiative] was that I thought a big tree-planting day would be a fun way to bring all the breaks together after our trips were over, similar to the big service days we always try to do.

“Usually when APPLES refers to sustainability, it is in the context of sustainable community partnerships and the like. However, I think environmental sustainability can still play a part in APPLES’s sustainability because it shows our commitment to a sustainable world.”

With SEED orientations, the Arts in Public Service break experience and the carbon neutral initiative, a spirit of renewal and excitement has been planted in APPLES AFB.

Public Service News 10/27/2014

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, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

Why do you serve?

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants
Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation summer internship
Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights Center internship
Become a Student U summer teacher
The Carolina College Advising Corps applications

EVENTS & MEETINGS

11/22 – 23 – Hackathon event

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

11/1 – Prevention through Education event needs volunteers
11/2 – Alternative Spring Break trip leader applications due
11/2 – ISLA Spanish Festival volunteers needed
YMCA youth volleyball and basketball coaches needed
TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

why do you serve?

The I Serve campaign, launched by the Carolina Center for Public Service, is a simple way to celebrate the vast amount of public service undertaken by Carolina students, staff, faculty and alumni. The campaign honors the 15-year anniversary of the Carolina Center for Public Service and the 25-year anniversary of the APPLES Service-Learning program, which both have facilitated service opportunities on Carolina’s campus for decades. I Serve campaign photos will be featured throughout the school year on the Carolina Center for Public Service website, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #uncserves. To join the campaign, post your photos on one of the listed social media pages or send them to ccps@unc.edu. The I Serve campaign celebrates all of the ways UNC serves and to inspire more people on campus to serve and provide them with examples of how and where.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants

Office Depot Foundation offers grants for education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response. The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories: Giving Children Tools for Success supports activities that give young people tools to succeed in school and in life through education and inspiration. Building Capacity to Serve Communities targets programs that help nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently through innovation and collaboration. Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding supports efforts that help people and communities prepare for disasters and rebuild and recover when disasters occur.
Application deadline is Oct. 31. For details, visit Office Depot Foundation.

z. smith Reynolds foundation summer internship 

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation offers one internship each summer to an undergraduate or graduate student who desires experiences related to philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, public policy, advocacy and/or community service in North Carolina. Interns have the opportunity to assist staff in researching issues and projects related to the long-term goals of the Foundation as well as projects of personal interest. North Carolina natives, residents and/or students attending accredited colleges or universities in the state may apply. For more information or to apply, visit the website. The application deadline is Jan. 5, 2015.

Chapel Hill/carrboro human rights center internship

If you are a current work-study student and are passionate about social justice and community-based nonprofit initiatives, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Human Rights Center invites you to apply for its fundraising intern position. The hours can be anywhere between five to 15 hours per week depending upon your schedule with a pay of $12.50 per hour. Applicants must not be graduating in December or May 2015. To learn more, contact Nathan Hollister.

Become a student u summer teacher

Student U is looking for undergraduates who are interested in applying for the Middle School Teacher position. Student U teachers work full-time in the summer, creating lesson plans and teaching their own classes. Student U teachers teach one core and one elective class along with co-leading a reading group. Students can visit Student U for more information or to apply. Contact Jessica Cagle with questions.

The carolina college advising corps is now accepting applications

The Carolina College Advising Corps helps high school students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. This is completed by hiring recent graduates from UNC and providing them with the knowledge necessary to be well-trained, enthusiastic advisers. Applications are available now and must be submitted by Jan. 16, 2015. If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Eric Smith.

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EVENTS & MEETINGS

11/22 – 23 – Hackathon event

Lincoln Financial Group is hosting codeLinc 2014, a 24-hour hackathon event in which students from North Carolina universities will code real-world application solutions to solve today’s issues for education-based nonprofit organizations. The event will be held Nov. 22 and 23 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Contact Sol Kovach for more information.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

11/1 – prevention through education event needs volunteers

On Nov.1, UNC’s schools of medicine and dentistry will partner to organize Prevention through Education, a community event that aims to promote physical health and prevent oral diseases among foreign-born children living in Durham. The event will help Hispanic and refugee families. The program will be held at Vintage Church, 4310 Garrett Road. Sign up to volunteer or contact Kate Magee with questions.

11/2 – Alternative spring break trip leader applications due

Applications to lead a service trip through the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish have been released online and are due Nov. 2. There are four domestic service-immersion trip experiences to apply for and each trip has two leaders. The trips focus on strengthening participants in four areas: community, spirituality, simplicity and social justice. Contact Shannon Kirchmer with questions. Visit the Newman Catholic Student Center Parish to apply.

11/2 – ISLA Spanish festival volunteers needed

ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition) School needs volunteers to help with food, games and craft booths at the Spanish Immersion Festival from 3-7 p.m. Nov. 2 at St. Thomas More School (920 Carmichael Street in Chapel Hill). For more information on how volunteer, contact Sarah Spaltenstein.

YMCA youth volleyball and basketball coaches needed

Youth volleyball and basketball volunteer coaches are needed at the Chapel Hill YMCA. Volleyball coaches are needed from October to December on Tuesday and Thursday nights to coach fourth through eighth-graders. Basketball coaches are needed from January to March of 2015 on weeknights and Saturdays to coach Pre-K through eighth-graders. Coaches can volunteer with friends or be teamed with others to lead teams. Contact Mike Meyen for additional information.

TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program

SnackChef is a TABLE program that teaches children at local afterschool programs how to make healthy snacks to share with their families. Volunteers are needed to prepare ingredients, make to-go bags and go to the after school centers to show the children how to make the snack. To volunteer, visit Volunteer Spot. For details, contact Julia Baker.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

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, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you. Back to top

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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, visit us online at ccps.unc.edu/. Join us on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement or follow us on Twitter at UNC Public Service.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

10/20 – Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship application deadline
10/22 – APPLES Alternative Spring Break informational open house
Share photos of why you serve

INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants
10/31 – Public Administration Leadership Challenge
11/3 – The Carolina Parents Council grant applications
11/16 – 2015 Data Fellows program

PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

10/25 – Haunted H.A.C. and Trunk-or-Treat
TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program
Rainbow Soccer needs volunteer assistant coaches
CEF-Latin@ looking for Spanish speaking volunteers

OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AT THE CAROLINA CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE

10/20 – Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship application deadline

Are you interested in developing a project that addresses a community need? Would you like help getting started? Apply for the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship. Selected applicants will enroll together in a public policy service-learning course on project management, receive $1,500 – $2,500 to launch their project, get support from APPLES students and staff, connect with a larger community of social innovators and gain invaluable experience in social innovation. Transfer students are also eligible. Apply by Oct. 20 online through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal.

10/22 – APPLES Alternative Spring Break informational open house

The APPLES Service-Learning program offers five alternative spring break experiences for undergraduate students during the university’s spring break, March 6 -16. To complement the immersive break experience, the Alternative Spring Break program includes a two-credit hour, pass/fail course component, HBEH 610: Critical Approaches to Service-Learning. In this course, students examine service, theories and experiences related to community development and social change. Students apply what they learn from this course to the break experience and reflect on the experience upon their return. Join ASB leaders for a casual informational open house at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in Frank Porter Graham Student Union, Suite 3514. Drop by to meet co-chairs and break leaders, learn more about ASB program focus areas and ask questions about the application and interview process. For details, contact the ASB co-chairs, Joshua Bradley or Olivia Perry. Interested students of all majors and backgrounds are encouraged to apply through the Carolina Center for Public Service Application and Nomination Portal by Oct. 27.

Share photos of why you serve

The I Serve campaign, launched by the Carolina Center for Public Service, is a simple way to celebrate the vast amount of public service undertaken by Carolina students, staff, faculty and alumni. The campaign honors the 15-year anniversary of the Carolina Center for Public Service and the 25-year anniversary of the APPLES Service-Learning program, which both have facilitated service opportunities on Carolina’s campus for decades. I Serve campaign photos will be featured throughout the school year on the Carolina Center for Public Service website, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #uncserves. To join the campaign, post your photos on one of the listed social media pages or send them to ccps@unc.edu. The I Serve campaign celebrates all of the ways UNC serves and to inspire more people on campus to serve and provide them with examples of how and where.

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INTERNSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS

10/31 – Education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response grants

Office Depot Foundation offers grants for education, capacity building, and disaster preparedness and response. The Foundation provides grants averaging $1,000 in three distinct categories: Giving Children Tools for Success supports activities that give young people tools to succeed in school and in life through education and inspiration. Building Capacity to Serve Communities targets programs that help nonprofit organizations to serve the needs of their communities efficiently through innovation and collaboration. Disaster Preparedness, Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding supports efforts that help people and communities prepare for disasters and rebuild and recover when disasters occur.
Application deadline is Oct. 31. For details, visit Office Depot Foundation.

10/31- Public Administration Leadership council

Sign up for the third annual Public Administration Leadership Challenge (PALC), a case study competition that gives UNC undergraduate students an opportunity to propose solutions to real public service issues. Play the role of a local leader and propose your innovative solutions to a dynamic public issue. Each team of three to five participants will receive a scenario involving a real, multifaceted community problem. Teams will be asked to manage various resources like time, money, human capital and other constraints to propose a creative solution to a public administration problem. Teams will have limited time to research and plan a response to the issue, and will then present their solutions to a panel of local leaders, graduate school faculty members and other public service professionals. This panel will choose the winning team which will receive a certificate and $1,000 cash prize. For details, visit UNC PAL Challenge. Apply by midnight on Oct. 31. Join PAL for an opening session at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, where teams will receive the case and meet current MPA graduate students, who will be available to answer any questions. The competition will take place 1 – 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14. Both events will be held at the UNC School of Government.

11/3- The Carolina Parents Council grant application deadline

Each year, the Carolina Parents Council selects new and innovative programs/events for funding through the Parents Council Grant Fund. The Parents Council has granted substantial funding to several academic and student affairs departments for programs/events that contribute to the quality of undergraduate student life and learning at Carolina. While grant awards from the Council can be given in varying amounts, the maximum amount for an award is $15,000. All grant applications must be submitted in full to the Parents Council by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3. For more information and to apply, visit Carolina Parents Council Grant Program.

11/16 – data science issues call for 2014 data fellows program

The National Consortium for Data Science (NCDS), a public-private partnership to advance data science and capitalize on the opportunities of big data, seeks participants for its 2015 Data Fellows Program. Fellowships are open to all faculty members at NCDS member institutions, although preference will be given to those with five years of service or less. Three faculty researchers whose work supports the NCDS mission of advancing data science, finding solutions to data-related problems and taking advantage of the many research, business and social opportunities related to big data will be awarded up to $50,000. For more information and a submission form, visit NCDS. Application deadline is Nov. 16.

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PUBLIC SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

10/25 – Haunted h.a.c. and Trunk-or-treat

The Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department will host Haunted H.A.C. at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Homestead Aquatics Center (300 N. Park Drive). Organizations, businesses and individuals are needed to volunteer to decorate their vehicles trunk and provide pre-packaged candy for an expected 200 participants. For event details, contact Lizzie Burrill or call 919-968-2798.

TABLE seeks volunteers for SnackChef program

SnackChef is a TABLE program that teaches children at local afterschool programs how to make healthy snacks to share with their families. Volunteers are needed to prepare ingredients, make to-go bags and go to the after school centers to show the children how to make the snack. To volunteer, visit Volunteer Spot. For details, contact Julia Baker.

rainbow soccer needs volunteer assistant coaches

Rainbow Soccer needs volunteer coaches for its Kick Start program. This program, which meets once a week from 5 – 6 p.m. on Fridays, is for the program’s youngest players, ages 3 – 6. Training curriculum with suggested activities is available. Those interested in working with an older age group are asked to join head coaches that need assistants. Contact Karen Aldridge for more information.

CEF-Latin@ looking for Spanish speaking volunteers

CEF-Latin@ engages in one-on-one work with Latino community members to help them attain financial and employment goals. This year our group is focusing on building a partnership with the Latino Community Credit Union in an effort to ensure the expansion of savings opportunities for community members experiencing poverty. We will be creating various promotional materials and serving dozens of Spanish speaking savers. Contact Victoria Castillo for more information.

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CCPS WEBSITE – FIND US ON THE WEB

The Carolina Center for Public Service’s website (www.ccps.unc.edu) features the latest information about the APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars, and Faculty Engaged Scholars programs as well as details about Public Service Awards and Fellowships. You can also read stories of Carolina students, faculty and staff who are making a difference. The Carolina Center for Public Service: Connecting Carolina and Communities – be sure to bookmark the site. Learn more about what Carolina is doing in public service and engagement. Visit us online, or join us today on Facebook at Public Service and Engagement UNC Chapel Hill.

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, send an email to CCPS.

ABOUT OUR NEWSLETTER

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 info on CCPS, please visit http://ccps.unc.edu. If you are involved in public service and would like to post an announcement, fill out our online request at http://ccps.unc.edu/news-events/public-service-news-listserv/next-weeks-listserv/. The deadline for inclusion is 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to Monday publication. The Public Service News is published only when class is in session, once per week during the academic year and bi-weekly during the summer sessions. To unsubscribe, click here or, send a blank email to leave-34847996-76489955.07b7484471051a00b41b3bf1990b60eb@listserv.unc.edu. Thank you. Back to top

Carolina Center for Public Service celebrates 15th anniversary


For the last 15 years, the Carolina Center for Public Service has worked to fulfill the promise of the first public university – doing everything from providing fellowships to supporting students and faculty in public service and engagement. On Nov. 14, the Center celebrated that theme – and its decade and a half of service – with a reception honoring students, faculty, staff and community partners who have been instrumental in its work.

“Although we have seen many changes in 15 years, one thing has remained constant: the dedication of this University to serve the state,” said Lynn Blanchard, director of the Center. “At the same time the Carolina Center for Public Service is celebrating the accomplishments of the last 15 years, we are also reaffirming our commitment to help fulfill the promise of the first public university in the years to come.”

The week the Center was founded in 1999, the eastern part of North Carolina was devastated by Hurricane Floyd. Then-Chancellor Michael Hooker charged the Center with organizing the campus’ response.

Since then the Center has continued to strengthen and expand UNC-Chapel Hill’s tradition of service and engagement in a myriad of ways, including three major programs: APPLES Service-Learning, Buckley Public Service Scholars and Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars. Through these programs, students, faculty and staff documented almost 247,000 hours in service with communities in the 2013-2014 year alone.

“I cannot thank the Center and its APPLES Service-Learning program enough. They have provided our organization with irreplaceable volunteers,” said Jenice Ramirez, executive director and vice president of La Isla, a community nonprofit organization that provides a safe and nurturing environment for native Spanish speaking children with the purpose of promoting literacy in the language of Spanish.

“Our program would not be what it is without them. They allow us to provide our students with top notch one-on-one assistance and bring so many amazing ideas to our program.”

SUPPORTING CHANGE-MAKERS

In 2009, the APPLES Service-Learning program became a part of the Carolina Center for Public Service. APPLES is a student-led program that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. Since 1990, APPLES has strengthened civic engagement by bringing together students, faculty and communities in sustained and mutually beneficial partnerships. Along with many other activities, APPLES includes the Robert E. Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships, which support aspiring social change-makers who are interested in providing a significant contribution locally, nationally or internationally through an entrepreneurial project that addresses a community need.

Kliink, an organization that links donors and educational nongovernmental organizations in India, is a recent recipient of a Bryan Fellowship. Kliink’s website aims to change the process of giving by providing a streamlined presentation of information for the donor to see the impacts of their contributions.
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“The Bryan Social Innovation Fellowship helped build the base Kliink needed to start a well-functioning organization,” said Nikhil Jyothinagaram, a senior economics major and one of the creators of Kliink. “The guidance and instruction from the program helped us with everything from management to fundraising. Moving forward, my team and I are more confident that we have what it takes to run a social venture.”

A POSITIVE IMPACT

In 2003, the Buckley Public Service Scholars program was created to provide a framework for undergraduate students committed to making a positive impact through service. Since the program’s inception, more than 5,635 students have participated, contributing 1.35 million hours of service. Currently about 10 percent of Carolina undergraduates are enrolled as participants.

One such student is senior Katie Savage. The political science major recently founded Advocates for Carolina, UNC’s first club for students with disabilities. The organization works to increase awareness, accessibility and education about disabilities on campus. Like many other BPSS students, Katie is a leader who works to engage with the UNC community in a meaningful way.

“Serving others is something that has always been in my heart. Over the last two years, I have been surrounded by people who see life just as I do: Life should be one of service,” said Savage. “Being a Buckley Public Service Scholar has been an experience in which I not only gave a lot, but received a lot in return. I will take so much away from this experience when I leave Carolina.”

ENGAGING FACULTY

Since its inception in 2007, 43 faculty members have been selected to participate in the Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program, representing nine schools and 21 departments. This year, the fifth class of scholars was selected. One member of the class is Cheryl Giscombe, an assistant professor in the School of Nursing. Her research projects focus on examining stress and the risk of obesity in African-American women.

“The Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars program is providing me with a rich opportunity to enhance my community-based scholarship,” said Giscombe. “In particular, this experience is providing me with the necessary tools to maximize my training as a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a social and health psychologist to integrate my research, my practice, and my teaching of undergraduate and graduate nursing students to develop and implement culturally-relevant and sustainable evidence-based interventions that will improve mental health care for underserved populations.”

NEXT UP

In celebration of the 15-year anniversary, the Center recently launched the I Serve campaign, a simple way to honor the vast amount of public service undertaken by UNC’s students, staff, faculty and alumni. The campaign highlights campus community members and why and how they are involved in serving others.

“I serve to help our students and our faculty change the world,” wrote Chancellor Carol Folt.

Janell Smith, a junior Journalism and Mass Communication major, wrote, “I serve because change doesn’t happen on its own. Change needs and agent.”

Alumnus Antawn Jamison wrote, “I serve because this is where all of my dreams came true.”

In addition to celebrating the anniversary, organizers hope the I Serve campaign will help inspire and motivate others to serve – for many years to come.

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