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Q: Am I eligible?  

A: You are eligible if you are a community member in Edgecombe or Robeson County OR a full-time tenure or fixed term UNC-Chapel Hill faculty. Community members and faculty must apply in teams and must commit to participation in all levels of the program. Teams must be comprised of 2 community members and 2 UNC-CH faculty members.

Q: What is the time commitment required of me? 

A: Teams are expected to participate in the following leadership training components and convene with their team to plan and implement their proposed project:

  • January 18-20: Winter Immersive Institute
  • February 24-25: Relational Leadership Institute
  • March 23-24: Relational Leadership Institute
  • April 13-14: Relational Leadership Institute
  • September 20-22: Fall Immersive Institute
  • December 6-8: Graduation

In addition, you should plan to spend 2-3 hours per week participating in continuous education. Continuous education includes dedicated time for:

  • Executive and team coaching;
  • Mentorship;
  • Leadership assessments, modules, and readings;

Q: What deliverables are expected of my team? 

A: Your team will make a presentation about your project and develop a toolkit to support continuation of the work and adoption/adaptation in other communities.

Q: What can we use funds toward?  

A: If selected, your team will receive $45,000 for one year. Appropriate line items include personnel, nonpersonnel (supplies, travel, training, equipment), and subcontracts. Indirect costs cannot be taken from this award.

Q: I may be too young or too old for this program. Is there an age limit? 

A: Passion and commitment to serving your community is prioritized over age. The minimum age is 21 years old and there is no maximum age. All participants must have basic working knowledge of computers to participate in continuous education.

Q: I am considering applying, who can I contact with my questions? 

A: Contact Melissa A. Green at or 919-843-3304

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