Code for Chapel Hill is a civic technology initiative focused on bridging the divide between public and private technology. Our mission is to create open-source solutions to address community needs, from making parking more efficient to helping community members care for local infrastructure. Working with the AT&T Smart Cities Initiative, we aim to help UNC students and local developers engage with the Town of Chapel Hill, providing efficient and reliable technology expertise to the community.
With the American farmer being about 60 years old on average, the vast majority of farmers are approaching retirement, yet only 10% of farmers have plans for passing on their land. Farm the Future is a social platform to increase access to information and resources regarding farm transitions and to assist with farm transitions. The platform will be utilized by people entering farming, retiring farmers, and agencies who are already involved with farm transitions. Farm the Future’s main function is to centralize and simplify the process of farm transitions by connecting all of the relevant stakeholders regardless of geographic location and background on one platform.
The Jump Ahead After School Program aims to reverse the childhood obesity trend in North Carolina while improving mental health and academic performance among elementary school students, all with the help of jump rope. This program will combine weekly jump rope clinics with nutrition education and healthy food options for after school programs around Chapel Hill and Durham. In addition, it will promote healthy lifestyles and educate elementary school students about the many components of health, including physical, mental, and social wellbeing. Through this program, students will be able to use jump rope as an outlet for building healthy relationships and self confidence, while learning a fun, new form of physical activity.
O.C.E.A.N.S stands for outreach, community engagement, and support. The organization hopes to empower adolescents with obesity by focusing on their individual journeys and their environment. This occurs by focusing on empowering adolescents through three different areas of programming including monthly socials, an annual 5k run/walk, and policy-based advocacy through our website.
Queen In You is a women’s empowerment organization that focuses on professional development and cotillion for young women of color. UNC’s chapter of Queen In You currently serves in Githens Middle School and is aiming to expand their grounds into high schools in the Durham/Carrboro/Chapel Hill area. It will be initiated through an upcoming spring conference for high school female students. This conference will cultivate long-lasting relationships between collegiate and high school women of color that will promote healthy life choices and encourage them to seek out post-secondary education.