UNC Social Innovation Program Coordinator at CUBE reminisces about the days at the Y as a student.

San Francisco event gets alumni thinking about the future of social innovation.

Patrick enters a semester-long accelerator for student innovators, leaders, & entrepreneurs.

Iconic writer, NC native, and UNC alumni received an honorary Doctor of Letters.

Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence talks about his year mentoring CUBE ventures.

Students, staff, family members, & community partners gathered to acknowledge the year's accomplishments.

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Universities have some of the most talented minds in the world and provide access to millions of dollars of resources, and, all of this is aggregated in space and placed together. Yes, universities are creators of intellectual capital, but they can also be creators of economic growth and social impact that can transform the world for generations to come. With such potential, universities have a moral duty to help nurture a culture of innovation and doers to enable the translation of ideas for the public good.

So how does UNC measure up to this task? Invited to share its success story, and, in the spotlight in front of higher education practitioners, the answer is one of the nation’s best practices. Although Carolina continuously strives to reach for higher excellence, Tar Heels can take a moment to be proud of the campus where they learn.

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CUBE has formed a powerful new partnership with SchellBray PPLC to accommodate the needs of new CUBE ventures. Ed Chaney, Associate at SchellBray (has offered pro bono assistance) and a former Campus Y co-president, says he is “really happy to have the opportunity to support CUBE innovators.”

Chaney works with Succeed and Boys on Track, two ventures at different points on the path towards recognition as 501c3 organizations. Chaney is making that legal status a reality.

Chaney thinks that these scalable ventures “could have substantial impacts in the community.” “It’s great to help these guys. Everyone is sharp and doing it for all the right reasons."

Chapel Hill, NC. - Jun. 11, 2014 –File 4988

Healthy Girls Save the World (HGSW) will attend the Women’s US Open golf tournament next week. Utilizing female varsity athletes as role models, HGSW organizes events at UNC-Chapel Hill that provide an accessible, positive space in the community where young girls are empowered and equipped to make healthy choices in their lives. On Thursday June 19th, these girls have a unique opportunity to find that positive space watching accomplished female athletes on the golf course.

Next week Healthy Girls Save the World is hosting their third annual Summer Experience, a week-long day camp where 40 girls (grades 6-9) from the community are invited to UNC-Chapel Hill to learn about healthy minds, bodies, and relationships through a number of different activities.

File 5515Their attendance at the Women’s US Open this year is made possible by Wells Fargo, who is sponsoring an all-inclusive field trip to Pinehurst for one day of camp. “We are incredibly grateful for Wells Fargo’s support of our organization, and are in awe of their commitment to serving the Triangle community,” says Camille McGirt, co-founder of Healthy Girls Save the World. “Many of our girls have very little exposure to this sport, and for some, this will be their first experience on a golf course…for it to be the Women’s US Open, now that’s cool.”

To enhance this terrific opportunity, Healthy Girls Save the World has designed an introductory lesson on golf, as well as the history of women in the sport. Their attendance this year is particularly exciting because of Lucy Li. At 11 years old, she is the youngest player ever to qualify for the tournament.

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