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UNC students begin social entrepreneurship training

May 25, 2010

Micah Gilmer, a Frontline Solutions partner and UNC's social entrepreneur-in-residence, helped spearhead the new social entrepreneurship training program.

Durham, N.C. — Six UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates jump into the world of social change in June, serving as professional interns in the new Hilliard P. Jenkins Undergraduate Fellowship Program.

The program allows students to receive practical training with Frontline Solutions, a community of social change leaders. Micah Gilmer, a Frontline Solutions partner and UNC's social entrepreneur-in-residence, helped spearhead the new program.

It provides a venue for aspiring professionals with a passion for the fields of social justice and entrepreneurship to aid and learn from Frontline's ongoing work of supporting foundations and nonprofits and the communities in which they serve.

Two UNC fellows will receive hands-on professional development from Gilmer and other staff at the Durham office. They are: Sarah John, national health strategist for the Roosevelt Institute, and Shruti Shah, chair of UNC's Student Advisory Group and founder/chair of the Chancellor's Student Innovation Team. Two pairs of fellows will work with Frontline partners in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Philadelphia. They are: Cameron Wardell, a student in the minor in entrepreneurship and co-director of Carolina United; Ricky Hurtado, a business administration major, Morehead-Cain Scholar and Carolina Challenge participant; Charlie Sellew, a student in the minor in entrepreneurship, a Robertson Scholar and 2009 UNC Young Democrats co-president; and Sofia Wilson, a student in the minor in entrepreneurship and a Robertson Scholar.

"It's been a great year getting students and the rest of the UNC community engaged and excited about social innovation," Gilmer said. "We can't wait to start our new fellows on their first project. We are carving out special roles for each of them at Frontline."

The program is organized around the core areas of strategic communications, health policy and practice, public policy and advocacy, education reform, and philanthropy. Before the program ends in August, each fellow will take at least one Frontline-supported work trip and participate in multiple meetings with community partners around the country.

Frontline Solutions helps individuals and institutions strategically manage change to a productive outcome by building community, offering support to social change leaders, and developing targeted research. For more information on Frontline, visitwww.helpingchangehappen.com.