Our State, Our Work


This work would not have been possible without the support of our many campus and community partners from across the state. Their support was integral to providing capacity to the teams, conducting rigorous analyses, supporting out in-person and online learning events, and providing thought partnership to our Carolina Across 100 team across the lifecycle of this project. Please see below for further information about the organizations who supported our work.


We research, convene, and provide strategic support to develop strong leaders, disrupt harmful systems, and shape a South where all people thrive.



IEI connects North Carolinians across sectors, regions, and perspectives for collaborative work on key emerging issues affecting our state’s future economic competitiveness.  



Our vision is to address the world’s most critical problems with science-based solutions in pursuit of a better future. Through both institute-level efforts and the volunteer passions of staff members, RTI takes action to make the world a better place.



CONNECTS Carolina students, faculty and staff with each other and with community partners
Builds campus CAPACITY for community-engaged teaching, research and service
CELEBRATES the community engagement of UNC-Chapel Hill, the nation’s first public university



Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), the leading not-for-profit health plan in North Carolina, is committed to making health care more affordable, easier to navigate and accessible for all. Since 1933, the health insurer has created programs and initiatives to provide North Carolinians the opportunity to be healthy. Blue Cross NC serves its customers and communities of more than 4.2 million members, including approximately 1.1 million on behalf of other Blue Plans. Blue Cross NC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.



NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.



EducationNC (EdNC) works to expand educational opportunities for all students in North Carolina, increase their academic attainment, and improve the performance of the state’s public schools.



Sokoto House strives to create a space of learning and teaching that values the local genius of our community. A place where youth feel safe to learn from mistakes and emerge as skilled instruments of justice and engineers of spiritual and economic prosperity.



To build a more equitable economy with good jobs and new wealth in economically distressed communities



We aim to benefit residents and employers in the state by bridging the gap between the skills required for a nationally competitive business climate and the current education opportunities available. By doing so, we will provide individuals with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in the workforce, ultimately contributing to the economic growth and development of North Carolina.



Ensure that Carolina is a place where innovators thrive. With a special focus on urgent challenges, Carolina innovators put important ideas to use for the public good.



Mission is to redress the racial wealth gap and build generational wealth by providing incubator-accelerator services to Black and Brown Entrepreneurs.



Our School has adopted this statement as our mission:

Advancing equity, transforming systems, and improving lives

Our students, faculty, and staff are committed to understanding the etiology of social problems and to developing and implementing evidence-informed policies and practices that address those problems. This commitment calls us to serve vulnerable and marginalized populations in North Carolina and around the world.



The mission of the School of Government is to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government.



Our Mission is to empower students with the knowledge, skills & experiences to make a difference.


Southeaster Carpenters Regional Council

We are one of the oldest and largest unions in North America, comprised of thousands of carpenters and millwrights working for signatory contractors within the jurisdiction of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.



A nationally recognized organization for youth who have spent time in substitute care is ensuring they have a voice and support system to lead successful lives.


Reentry to Resiliance

Reentry to Resilience (R2R) helps youth successfully transition from a Youth Development Center (YDC) back into their community.



NCWorks is a resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.



We bring together restaurant and lodging establishments and partners who support our community. We impact legislation and policies, cultivate relationships, and provide valuable resources to help members run their businesses. NCRLA serves to advance and protect the interests of more than 20,000 businesses that employ 9% of the state’s workforce and generate more than $32.3 billion in sales annually.


Department of Public Safety

Through effective law enforcement, juvenile justice programs, emergency response and recovery and homeland security preparedness, DPS employees help to ensure North Carolina is a safe place to live, work and visit.



The Department of Health and Human Services manages the delivery of health- and human-related services for all North Carolinians, especially our most vulnerable citizens – children, elderly, disabled and low-income families. The Department works closely with health care professionals, community leaders and advocacy groups; local, state and federal entities; and many other stakeholders to make this happen.


Community Health Worker Association

We advance the professional pathways of CHWs — ensuring they are valued as frontline public health professionals throughout North Carolina.


NC Community Colleges

The mission of the North Carolina Community College System is to open the door to high-quality, accessible educational opportunities that minimize barriers to post-secondary education, maximize student success, develop a globally and multi-culturally competent workforce, and improve the lives and well-being of individuals.


North Carolina Biotechnology Center

We create North Carolina’s competitive advantage in the life sciences, engaging partners, maximizing opportunities, and delivering solutions to accelerate innovation, investment, and job creation.


NC AHEC provides and supports educational activities and services with a focus on primary care in rural communities and those with less access to resources to recruit, train, and retain the workforce needed to create a healthy North Carolina



myFutureNC promotes a shared vision for an education-to-workforce continuum across North Carolina–from early childhood through adulthood–and aligns and supports local, regional, and state actions that will dramatically increase attainment of industry-valued credentials and postsecondary degrees. myFutureNC promotes work of all sectors and helps find and fill gaps to drive educational access and attainment outcomes that align with and fulfill employer needs.



Made in Durham’s flagship program, this community partnership connects Durham residents to a rewarding career pathway in the the growing local life sciences industry through a host of support including financial assistance, certifications, and post-graduate support.



Kinston Teens is a youth-led nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering young people through service, leadership and civic engagement.



Our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.



Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.



Our mission is to improve public health, promote individual well-being and eliminate health inequities across North Carolina and around the world.



The mission of Carolina Performing Arts is to spark curiosity, inspiring all members of our community to discover and more fully engage with the world.



The Carolina Hunger Initiative is working to create better access to healthy meals year-round for all people in North Carolina. Based at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, we use programming, applied research and compelling communications to support policy, systems, and environmental changes to more readily connect people with the food they need. 



Improving working conditions and worker well-being through outreach, education, research, programming and policy interventions.



Bank of America’s corporate mission is “to help make financial lives better by connecting clients and communities to the resource they need to be successful.



The Atrium Health mission statement is: To improve Health, elevate Hope, and advance Healing – for all.



The National League of Cities (NLC) is an organization comprised of city, town and village leaders that are focused on improving the quality of life for their current and future constituents.



Abacus is a program evaluation and research consultancy committed to amplifying our clients’ impact and effectiveness. Our work fosters innovation and advances equity in research and health outcomes through evaluation.



At Per Scholas, we believe a thriving workforce starts with equitable access to education. Learn about Per Scholas and how we provide skills training and access to employer networks to individuals often excluded from tech careers. Per Scholas envisions a technology workforce as diverse as the customers it serves. More than 20,000 graduates have launched successful careers in tech to date through our no-cost technical training. Our mission is to advance economic equity through rigorous training for tech careers and to connect skilled talent to leading businesses.



The National Youth Employment Coalition improves the lives of the 4.9 million young people who are out of school and out of work. We do this by improving the effectiveness of the organizations, and the systems, that serve these “opportunity youth.” We collect, study, and support the implementation of best practices, all with a strong equity focus.



HUBZone Technology Initiative (HTI) believes everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their goals. Circumstances can become barriers, and HTI helps people break through these barriers by providing free technology for educational and employment opportunities. We acquire laptops donated by individuals, organizations, and businesses and convert them to Google Chromebooks for those in need. HTI provides an essential service to our underserved communities, and we are grateful to be able to contribute to reducing the digital divide.



Our mission is to empower rural communities by providing resources and support to improve the quality of life for residents. We focus on economic development, education, healthcare, and community engagement.



NC IDEA empowers North Carolinians to achieve their entrepreneurial potential by offering support when and where they need it most.


Arclight Analytics

Arclight Analytics was founded by Dr. Evan Johnson, a researcher with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with over ten years of experience in quantitative research and policy analysis. Dr. Johnson has a passion for using quantitative research and data analytics tools to solve problems in policy and management, and has recruited a team of like-minded analysts that make up Arclight Analytics.

Dr. Johnson and his team at Arclight are skilled in data analytics, data visualization, geospatial analysis, and programming. Our work benefits clients in the public, private, and academic sectors looking to solve problems and improve strategy using large datasets. We employ a variety of analytical tools to perform program evaluation and causal inference; econometric analysis and data manipulation; and exploratory data analysis. After identifying important trends and key findings from the data, we utilize advanced data visualization techniques to communicate these findings to stakeholders and translate complex datasets into digestible conclusions. Specific areas of expertise include data science for business, government incentives for innovation, entrepreneurship and strategy research.



Arts Everywhere is a comprehensive initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to make the arts a fundamental part of the University culture and daily campus life.



We help people understand a changing North Carolina to make informed decisions. Carolina Demography is a non-partisan team of population scientists working for the people of North Carolina.



At the Carolina Population Center we believe that understanding how and why populations change over time is key to advancing the well-being of all people. Our faculty, staff, and students conduct research on population, health, aging, and the environment, and share data and findings that push the field forward and train the next generation of population scholars. Learn more about our work in each of CPC’s six focus areas: Aging in Diverse Contexts; Inequality, Mobility, and Well-being; Links Between Health and Social and Economic Productivity; Measurement and Methods; Population, Health and Environment; and Sexuality, Reproduction, Fertility, and Families.



The Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is dedicated to reducing health disparities through community-based research and initiatives. Created in 1985 by the deans of the health affairs schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, we are part of a network of CDC Prevention Research Centers.



Anthropology is the integrative study of human beings at all times and in all places. Within this broad field of study, three programs of foundational training form the focus of our department: Archaeology; Human Biology, Ecology, and Evolution; and Sociocultural Anthropology and Ethnography.

We cross cut these specializations with five concentrations to integrate anthropology’s diverse expertise. Our current concentrations focus on: Health, Medicine, and Humanity; Heritage and Unwritten Histories; Global Engagement; Race, Place, and Power; and Food, Environment, and Sustainability.



The Sociology Department seeks to advance sociological knowledge and the public’s understanding of society through research and teaching at the highest levels of the discipline. We work to generate significant social scientific advances that push the field forward, provide outstanding education opportunities to our graduate and undergraduate students, and enhance the public’s understanding on questions of major societal importance. Together we value excellence and innovation in scholarship and teaching; intellectual leadership and impact beyond the university; and high impact, multi-method, and collaborative research. In addition, we aspire to be leaders in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts on campus and in our discipline.



The Development Finance Initiative (DFI) partners with local governments to attract private investment for transformative projects by providing specialized finance and development expertise.



We will serve the state, the nation, and the world with premier data science educational programs and unique, collaborative research programs directed to advance the public good. We will lead by shaping the emerging field of data science with a human-centric approach to the entire data life cycle. We envision a world made healthy, safe, and prosperous for all through data-informed decisions.



Our students learn the principles for information creation, management and use that will serve them for a lifetime of continued learning. They also acquire the practical knowledge and skills to help them obtain rewarding jobs and develop novel information systems and services.

Our faculty are world-renowned leaders with a variety of expertise and interests that combine to make SILS a transformational leader in four specific areas: digital curation, health informatics, information interaction and librarianship for the 21st Century.



At the UNC School of Education, our community of scholars, students, staff, and alumni works to make the world a better place through education. We work to solve pressing problems, to better understand learning, to improve teaching, to redefine what it means to educate lifelong and lifewide. We innovate. We ask and answer tough questions — to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.



The NC Chamber Foundation is creating a strong, sustainable future for businesses and communities across North Carolina. Through nonpartisan research and thoughtful collaboration, the NC Chamber Foundation serves as a convener and works to disseminate information related to complex challenges, craft sound policy recommendations, track progress, and drive a future-focused vision to expand economic growth and prosperity for all North Carolinians.



The North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office (NCPRO) was established in May 2020 to oversee and coordinate the fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mission is to ensure North Carolina recovers from the Coronavirus pandemic stronger, more resolved, and more resilient.



The North Carolina Office of State Budget & Management (OSBM) delivers the highest quality budget development and management services for state government. Overseeing the state’s budget process is at the heart of much of what we do. Yet OSBM is much more than budgets. Our team provides budget and policy analysis counsel to the Governor, state agencies, and state legislature. We analyze economic and demographic data to inform decisions and maintain a balanced budget. We provide state agencies with services to support stewardship of public resources and prudent decision-making. This includes tools to improve operational efficacy through data and evidence, such as strategic planning, performance management, and impact analysis.  And we support agencies’ financial control structures such as grants management, internal audits, and the oversight committee for retired state employees’ health benefits. Our office is also home to the state fraud hotline, where any citizen can report suspected misuse of public resources.



Dr. Greta Oliver is a professional coach specializing in student development, career development and leadership development devoted to helping those in transition. As evidenced by her years of experience working with and on behalf of students on every level and her experience as a corporate training specialist, higher education administrator and adjunct educator in the fields of education and human resource development, she adds her knowledge and ability to those who need to transition from high school to higher education, those in career transition and those interested in leadership development.


Who Are Opportunity Youth?

Opportunity Youth are young adults ages 16 to 24 who are not enrolled in school and not working full or part time. These individuals are sometimes referred to as disconnected youth, however, at Carolina Across 100 we prefer “Opportunity Youth” because it captures our sense of optimism that all young people can thrive if we provide the systems, tools, and resources necessary for navigating this period of life.

Stories of Thriving from across North Carolina

Our hope is that, alongside our community teams, we can take these individual “stories of thriving” and create systems-level programming across the state that creates accessible on-ramps to education and employment.

Stories of Thriving Across North Carolina