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HYPE has grown in number and impact despite recent challenges.

UNC Alum Preston Smith is changing the educational landscape.

Introducing educational game-changer Earl Martin Phalen.

Get know Jakelin Bonilla, director of the Global Gap Year Fellowship!

The Campus Y kicks off its 2014-15 global civic engagement speaker series!

Washington D.C. event gets alumni thinking about the future of social innovation.

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Social innovators need more than passion to deliver positive impacts in the community. They need fundamental business skills to build and scale their social ventures. On September 23, CUBE, Carolina's hub for social innovation located in the Campus Y, hosted a workshop "Doing the Math: Perfecting Your Budget and Entrepreneurial Accounting 101," led by M. Neely McLaughlin and Brian Durkin from public accounting firm Blackman and Sloop

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The Campus Y kicked off its 2014-15 global civic engagement speaker series with an event featuring speeches by Nourish UNC leader Maggie Latta and UNC's Executive Vice Provost and Chief International Officer, Dr. Ron Strauss, on September 17 in the Anne Queen Lounge. The series, funded in part by the Carolina Parents' Council, is designed to help Carolina students improve on the design, delivery, and measurement of their global service projects, and help them integrate global experiences back into campus life -- inside and outside the classroom.

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“Rocketship’s mission is to eliminate the achievement gap in our lifetime, and that is exactly what I hope to accomplish… I will not rest until every child in our country can attend a great elementary school and beyond.” ~ Preston Smith

Preston Smith (’01) always had big ideas for transforming education. His passion stemmed from his interest in social justice, which he developed during his time as an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill “I learned a ton about myself—past, present, and future—got to see a whole new side of the country, traveling extensively on the East Coast, and became deeply centered on social justice, which was a significant detour from my original passion of political science and law.”

He is the co-founder and CEO of Rocketship Education—a San Jose, California, based blended charter school system. It is currently the highest performing low-income school system in California and aims to eliminate the achievement gap within one generation. “If we can figure out how to integrate technology, curricula, tutors, books, online programs, and much, much more in a manner that increases the optimal learning zone for kids—that is when we will see dramatic gains for students,” says Smith. Smith is rethinking elementary education from the ground up.


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