By Wynton Wong
It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a month since Winter Break ended due to all of the work that we’ve done so far. Since announcing our focus for the media campaign for the coming months (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out this post by Kristi) we have begun taking the steps to make this media campaign as effective and fantastic as possible.
We are working with amazing people across North Carolina to foster awareness of the educational needs of incarcerated individuals. The Prison Books Collective in Carrboro, N.C., which takes requests for books from prisoners and works to fulfill them, and Brick Oettinger, the Associate Director for Correctional Education at the Friday Center at UNC-CH are just a few. We’re learning so much and are so excited to learn more from our growing list of contacts.
The plan is to research and gather raw materials like interview footage through February and will continue to work to create finished pieces through the end of the semester. We will try to arrange events to promote a more comprehensive understanding of this important issue. We have adopted a goal to increase the number of book donations and volunteers at the Prison Books Collective.
We hope to be accepted into the Clinton Global Institute University to see if we will be attending their annual conference in March, where we will have the opportunity to spread our passion and inspire our peers across the country. We will also get to see the cool projects they are working on.
P.S. Look out for the upcoming release of our promo video!
Student-led tutoring program teaches English to immigrants in Carrboro-Chapel Hill
By Zach Potter
Moving is tough for anyone. Getting used to a new city, finding new friends and learning how to get around are all difficult. Add in learning a whole new language and it can be downright overwhelming.
Enrich ESL, a student volunteer organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, aims to break down the language barriers many immigrants face upon arriving in North Carolina.
By providing one-on-one English tutoring, Enrich gives people in Chapel Hill and Carrboro a chance to learn the language while developing personal connections to the students that tutor them.
Encrich is an ESL (English as a Second Language) program run by students from UNC Chapel Hill. They volunteer twice a week to meet with members of the community to help them develop English language skills.
The UNC SOW group is working on a project to promote Enrich and draw attention to the great work the students are doing and the connections the volunteers make with the participants. While the project isn’t finished, I wanted to share some of the images our photographers captured of the program in action.