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Keeping it Local: APPLES Interns Reflect on a Summer of Service

Summertime is often seen as a time for rest and relaxation. For APPLES Service-Learning interns, this break from the regular hustle and bustle of college was spent contributing to positive change across the state of North Carolina. Each summer, a … Continued

Service-Learning Instructor Emphasizes Justice Over Charity

Since 1990, the APPLES Service-Learning program has offered Carolina students eye-opening community service experiences. Through a combination of traditional classroom instruction and out-of-class service, the program’s service-learning courses equip students to engage with and work to mitigate social issues. According … Continued

When Service-Learning Comes Full Circle

By Korie Dean, University Communications Originally published Monday, March 29, 2021 Carolina sophomore Samara Perez Labra is working on community development and revitalization initiatives at Habitat for Humanity of Orange County alongside Carolina alumnus Kevin Giff. From the moment Kevin … Continued

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Finding Musical Harmony in a Pandemic

Written By: Eve Elliott ’21 For many people, music has been a saving grace during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through TikTok dance tunes and exciting album drops, music brings joy and fosters connection. Over the fall 2020 semester, students in the … Continued

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Serving Across a Diverse Spectrum

By Eve Elliott ’21 This story uses person-first language to describe individuals experiencing autism spectrum disorder. To learn more, you can read the notes in the Evidence-Based Practices for Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Autism from the National Clearinghouse … Continued

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Resilience and Connection in Virtual APPLES Alternative Breaks

Written by Eve Elliott ’21   For more than two decades, APPLES alternative breaks took the form of trips in laughter-filled white vans. They included hugs to community partners and group huddles for deep reflection activities. In early March 2020, … Continued

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APPLES Service-Learning Initiative, Pandemic-Style

By Shatera McNair, APPLES Service-Learning Program Assistant In high school, Gargi Dixit volunteered with Young Women in Bio and Kids Are Scientists Too, which both focus on expanding STEM resources for students. When Dixit enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill, leaders in … Continued

Meet Bryan Fellow Rida Bayraktar

Carolina sophomore Rida Bayraktar founded Pink STREAM to educate, motivate, empower and inspire kindergarten through eighth-grade girls in science, technology, robotics, engineering, arts and math. By Korie Dean, University Communications, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020   As a young girl, Carolina … Continued