New funding for statewide youth employment program

Blue Cross NC award fuels Carolina Across 100’s “Our State, Our Work” program.

Close-up of Anita Brown-Graham posting in front of The Well at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Blue Cross NC award fuels Carolina Across 100’s “Our State, Our Work” program.

Anita Brown-Graham, Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government and director of the ncIMPACT Initiative, leads the “Our State, Our Work” Carolina Across 100 initiative.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) awarded $665,000 to UNC-Chapel Hill to support the “Our State, Our WorkOpens in new window” program aimed at connecting young adults to good paying employment opportunities.

“Our State, Our Work” is part of Carolina Across 100Opens in new window, a five-year initiative charged by UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and led by Anita Brown-Graham’s ncIMPACT initiative in the School of Government. The 13 community teams from 37 North Carolina counties involved with “Our State, Our Work” will focus on cross-sector collaboration to advance work already being done in communities to help young adults reconnect with education and job opportunities. UNC-Chapel Hill will provide additional resources and support to these communities by connecting teams with campus and community partners.

“At the School of Government and all across the University, we see opportunities to lead and, more importantly, to partner in public service,” said School of Government Dean Mike Smith. “We are proud to work with Blue Cross NC to build and strengthen pathways to success for young people across our state.”

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