Mentor of the Month - Kelsey Williams

Kelsey WilliamsKelsey Williams is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Reporting.

She has been involved with Movement of Youth for two years and currently serves as the Site Director for UNC Chapel Hill’s site.

Kelsey says that she became a mentor with Movement of Youth because she knows that the people you surround yourself with have a direct impact on the person that you will become. She did not have a mentor until she arrived at UNC. Williams says, “without all of the mentors I have had in my college career, I would not still be at UNC. I have seen firsthand what happens when people do not have positive motivated role models to look up to.” She wanted to be able to play this part for a younger student. She went on to be a member of the executive team because she sees where MOY has been and knows where it can go. She wanted to be a part of the change.

Kelsey says that her favorite experience with MOY thus far was participating in HKonJ this past February. “Although it was freezing outside, I think that event embodied MOY’s purpose. We call ourselves Movement of Youth and that was one of the times that I really saw MOY move. Our students and myself were so fortunate to be a part of something greater than ourselves.”

Mentee of the Month – Simon Lee

Simon LeeSimon Lee is a senior at Chapel Hill High School and is currently in his second year of involvement with Movement of Youth.

Simon says that his experience with the program has been very fruitful. “I [have] most definitely benefited from the networking opportunities that have risen from my participation,” says Simon.

He says that his favorite experience with the program thus far has been the session last year where he met UNC professor Pierce Freelon. Through this networking opportunity, Simon was able to obtain summer classes geared towards music production, which is his current career. This opportunity led to a summer internship with the Beat Making Lab, which he now runs on Tuesdays.

After he graduates from high school in May, Simon plans to enlist in the Marine Reserve and to enroll in college in Spring 2016. He is currently waiting to hear back from Columbia University and Arizona State University, his top two prospective school choices.

UNC Mentor Tianna Barnes Attends Graduate Conference

Tianna BarnesMovement of Youth mentor and UNC senior Tianna Barnes attended “The PhD Project” conference this past month. The PhD project is an informational network for African-Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans who are interested in pursuing business doctoral programs. The network is compromised of current doctoral students, faculty, and doctoral program directors who help provide access to information and resources about doctoral studies in the business area.

The conference took place from November 19th-21st in Chicago, IL.

Tianna says that as someone who is pursuing a doctorate degree directly out of undergrad, the conference gave her the experience of interacting with older, more experience students who either have an MBA or extensive work experience. She says she also had the opportunity to meet potential faculty members who she anticipates working with in the future.

In addition to The PhD Project conference, Tianna attended the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium on November 22nd, where she presented her original research project entitled, “What Now? An Examination of the Development and Dissolution of Workplace Friendships.”

We congratulate Tianna on her multiple accomplishments and wish her the best of luck as she prepares for her post-graduate studies.

UNC-Chapel Hill Movement of Youth Mentor, LJ Clark, receives acceptance to spring study abroad program

headshot of LJ ClarkMovement of Youth Mentoring Services Director and UNC sophomore, LJ Clark, has recently received acceptance to the Public Health Brigade Program through “Global Brigades.” As a part of the program, he will be traveling to Honduras for a week in March 2015 to develop and attain sustainable health solutions.

According to the program website, the brigade involves a week of working in an under-resourced, rural village outside of the capital of the country, Tegucigalpa, alongside local families. The goal is to complete home-improvement projects that will directly improve their health and overall quality of life. Some of the projects include installing efficient wood-burning stoves to reduce respiratory illnesses, building latrines and water storage units to improve sanitation, and lying concrete floors in the houses. The volunteers will also conduct public health lessons with children in the area.

LJ is definitely looking forward to participating in the program during UNC’s spring break We wish him the best of luck!