Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Spanish & Entrepreneurship Takes Off at the University of North Carolina

by guest blogger Darcy Lear

Spanish & Entrepreneurship is alive and well at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where last week Morgan Abbott (no relation to Ann Abbott) received a total of $7000 in support for her entrepreneurial project. Part of that was the Entrepreneurial Public Service fellowship, awarded by the Carolina Center for Public Service, which this year merged with the APPLES service-learing office.

Morgan will use her fellowship to implement Carolina for Amani in the New Life Home Orphanages in Kenya. Carolina for Amani utilizes college interns to update adoption files and psychosocial reports as well as convert them to an electronic format. This will allow for each of the 350 children in the New Life Homes to be eligible for adoption sooner while making the adoption process more efficient, accessible, and safe.

Morgan took the Spanish & Entrepreneurship course at Carolina in the spring 2009 semester. She went on to minor in entrepreneurship and is currently taking Venture Creation in the Spanish-speaking World. This second-year college student embodies social entrepreneurship! And Morgan's work in Africa inspired me to re-think service-learning placements in our Spanish & Entrepreneurship courses at UNC--more about that in my next post...

1 comment:

  1. Venture Creation in the Spanish-speaking World sounds like such a cool class! Congrats to Morgan and the New Life Homes orphanages! Great cause.