“Chapel Hill and university towns more broadly can be little bubbles. So, I was surprised to learn about the issues these communities face and really excited to start thinking about the ways in which UNC can help.”
For students in the experiential learning class, their reflective writing assignments described the benefits of working directly with community organizations, such as the opportunities for personal and professional growth, development of communication skills, and increased awareness of the Opportunity Youth population that resulted from their experiences.
However, these benefits go both ways, and these positive experiences go beyond the students and extend out into the communities. Comments from community members who collaborated directly with students highlighted meaningful impacts. These include the expanded capacity that students contribute to tasks or deliverables the community organization wouldn’t have been able to otherwise complete, learning from the skills that students bring, such as social media and marketing, and the new perspectives, ideas, and approaches they gain from students.
The teams shared with us:
“[The students have been] providing a perspective and experience that we haven’t had and they assisted us in both tactical and strategic ways.”
“[The students] contributions added so much value to our vision and goals.”
“[The students] are leaving us confident that we can easily continue the work they have for our organization.”
Growing the Team
As many of our current students graduate and leave Chapel Hill for their next adventures, our team has begun recruiting new student leaders to support our work.
Last month, the CX100 team participated in Carolina Performing Art’s on-campus event, Arts Everywhere. In keeping with the 2023 theme “YOU are an Artist,” students were invited to interact with a large wooden NC map. Students placed pins on their hometowns and other places across the state to which they felt connected, and left doodles, notes, and fun facts about their home regions of North Carolina!
We loved connecting with students eager to jump into the effort when they return in the fall!
Know a student who might be interested in our work? Direct them to our Student Engagement Form. We’re always looking to connect!
Carolina Across 100 is a five-year initiative whose goal is to aid community-driven recovery and build sustainable efforts in all 100 counties by providing human resources, data insights, coaching, facilitation, coordination efforts, and program design.