Coloring for good
The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) is a program that features a three-year sequence of specialized courses in information technology. The program is housed at Chapel Hill High School, but it’s open to students at all three of the high schools within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School System. It introduces students to the broad career opportunities in a digital workforce through technology content in 5 pathways: Audio Engineering, Computer Engineering, Network Engineering, Game Development and Computer Programming. Benefits of the academy include exposure to current technology, being a part of a small learning community, participation in mentoring/shadowing programs, team building activities and a 150 hour internship between the junior and senior year. Students also participate in collaborative projects with IT-focused core courses during their Sophomore and Junior years.
SKJAJA Fund provides funding for children to participate in social and educational enrichment activities The fund was created to not only provide funding for children who might not be able to afford such activities, but also to teach an important lesson about citizenship. Each child who receives funding is asked to “pay it forward,” or do a good deed for someone else without expecting anything in return.The SKJAJA Fund, is a 501(c)(3) organization and since its 2008 inception it has helped nearly 500 local children in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area.
The Be Loud mission is to support adolescent and young adult cancer patients and their families at UNC Hospitals. They support two closely related efforts with the overall goal of enhancing the independence, dignity and identity of adolescent and young adult cancer patients:
Address the unique needs of adolescent and young adult cancer patients. Cancer patients in this age group have unique needs and we want them to be treated as the emerging adults they are. The new AYA Program Director is spearheading this effort at UNC.
Support research efforts. The oncology world is becoming more focused on improving medical and psychosocial outcomes of adolescent and young adult cancer patents, and we are helping UNC build a research-based program that advances the national understanding of how best to meet the unique needs of patients in this diverse age group.