UNC Research & Evaluation Director Tianna Barnes accepted into PhD program

photo of Tianna BarnesUNC Movement of Youth mentor and Research & Evaluation Director Tianna Barnes was recently accepted into a Ph.D program at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. Tianna plans to study Business Administration, Work & Organizations at the school starting in Fall 2015. Tianna is currently a senior at UNC Chapel Hill majoring in Psychology.

Barnes says that she will develop her skills as a researcher and scholar while in the program. She also hopes to become an expert in the field of business and employee socialization, diversity, and identity development. "I am beyond blessed and excited to be entering into a graduate program following the completion of my undergraduate career,” says Barnes.

We wish Tianna the best of luck as she graduates & moves to Minnesota for her program. We will truly miss her being part of the MOY team. As she reflects on her time with the program, she says that her position as an executive and general body member within movement of youth has been fun and rewarding, but a reminder of how important my work will be in the future. The youth of today will one day be the business leaders of tomorrow and understanding what makes them, specifically minorities, the most comfortable and successful in the work force is what I aim to do."

Mentor Madrid Smith competing in College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational

Madrid Smith participates in UNC Wordsmith’s Grand Poetry SlamUNC mentor Madrid Smith participated in the UNC Wordsmith’s Grand Poetry Slam this past month and received second place overall for his piece. Because of his victory, Madrid will go on to participate in the 15th Annual College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). This year’s invitational will take place from March 25-March 28 on Virginia Commonwealth University’s campus. More than 60 different collegiate poetry teams will be competing. We wish Madrid the best of luck as he competes for the title!

UNC Site Director Kelsey Williams Accepted to Summer Internship Program

headshot of Kelsey WilliamsUNC Chapel Hill MOY site director Kelsey Williams has recently been accepted to Project IMHOTEP, a public health research internship that will take place this summer from May 18 to July 31. Through the program, Williams will spend her first two weeks at Morehouse Public Health Institute in Atlanta, GA, where she will take courses and gain skills necessary to succeed in the program. For the remaining nine weeks, she will be interning in either Atlanta or Cincinnati, OH conducting research with experts at the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute for Medical Research, academic institutions, state agencies, and various other public health agencies and community-based organizations. At the conclusion of the program, Kelsey will give an oral presentation and submit a written manuscript suitable for publication in a scientific journal.

Upon graduating from UNC in May 2016, Kelsey would like to pursue a dual graduate degree in Social Work and Public Health. The Project IMHOTEP program will give her more experience in the public health field and will provide her with an adventurous summer away from home. Williams says that she is looking forward to getting out of her comfort zone in North Carolina to see what else is out there. We congratulate Kelsey on this major accomplishment and wish her the best of luck in her program this summer!

Mentee Jaylen Lloyd accepted to early college program

Movement of Youth mentee Jaylen Lloyd was recently accepted into both J.D. Clement Early College High School and Hillside New Tech Magnet School. Jaylen is currently an eighth grader at Shepard Middle School in Durham. He has ultimately decided to continue his studies at J.D. Clement in the fall. The early college is located on North Carolina Central University’s campus. The school’s mission is to prepare high school students for college by allowing the students to earn sufficient college credits to enter a four-year university liberal arts program as a junior. Movement of Youth congratulates Jaylen on his great accomplishment and wishes him the best of luck as he enters high school in the fall!