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PAST GRANTEES

Over the past eight years, the Kenan Biddle Partnership has awarded over $300,000 to inter-institutional initiatives. Below, learn about last year's recipients. 

2017-2018 Grantee: The Bridge

The Bridge believes that today’s media fails to create inspiring and positive images of black and Latina women. Founded at Duke and UNC in 2016, the online publication combats this scarcity by filling its pages with writing, photography, audio and video - all produced by women of color. The Kenan Biddle Partnership allowed the Bridge to strengthen this community at and between Duke and UNC members through content creation resources and event funding. Additionally, it allowed the Bridge to pilot a fellowship program which aimed to provide opportunities for creative internships, apprenticeships, and jobs to women of color.

2017-2018 Grantee: Carolina Swim Clinic

Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of death among children in the US. By offering swim lessons as a fun and engaging extracurricular activity, the Carolina Swim Clinic (CSC) hopes to combat this statistic directly while serving a population that may not always feel included in the greater community.  In 2017, CSC was an existing student-led organization at UNC Chapel Hill that provided free swim lessons to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to swim lessons due to financial, cultural, or lingual barriers. With the Kenan Biddle Partnership funding, CSC collaborated with Duke student leaders and volunteers and expand its programming to Duke’s campus in order to provide the same high-quality swim lessons to Durham and greater Durham County.

 

2017-2018 Grantee: MoyoMedical

Preeclampsia is the second leading cause of maternal mortalities worldwide despite being straightforward to manage when detected early. To address this widespread global health problem, Elizabeth Ndichu (MSc. Candidate, Global Health, Duke) and Denali Dahl (PhD Biomedical Engineering, UNC) partnered with students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to design an EPED (early preeclampsia detection) strip. The project exemplified the power of collaboration not only between global health, medicine, and engineering, but also between students from different universities, backgrounds, and countries.

2017-2018 Grantee: Available or Accessible? Living in the Shadow of 'The Cities of Medicine'

This project focused on the well-being and health of refugee communities in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, by simultaneously assessing, broadening, and continuously improving services available to refugees from civil society groups, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies. The Kenan Biddle Partnership funding allowed public policy and public health students at UNC and Duke to collaborate with Advance Access & Delivery to create training guides for local health promotion workers and beneficiaries that work with refugee populations. 

2017-2018 Grantee: Art & Health

Art & Health created an art program at Duke Children’s Hospital which allowed patients to participate in mural making. Children, parents, and siblings in waiting rooms were offered a square to color while they waited for their appointments. These squares formed a larger picture, designed by team member Sujal Manohar.  Art & Health was propelled by the hope that this collaborative project would not only add cheer to an intimidating healthcare environment, but also help pediatric participants realize they are part of a community and not alone. Plans are in the works to replicate the mural initiative at a UNC Hospital.

2017-2018 Grantee: Leaders of Political Dialogue

The Leaders for Political Dialogue initiative aims to create an annual meeting place – a forum – where representative voices, bipartisan and nonpartisan, undergraduate and graduate, can convene to discuss issues and hear each other’s point of view with curiosity and without fear. The Kenan Biddle funding is supporting LPD leaders from Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and University of North Carolina, as they organize the second annual LPD event in November. This immersive experience includes story exchanges, facilitated dialogue, skills training, and more. Visit  leadersforpoliticaldialogue.org.  

2017-2018 Grantee: ChickenBus

ChickenBus LLC is a socially-minded tech startup, founded in 2017, dedicated to improving access to transportation. ChickenBus collects public transportation information from lesser-developed countries (timetables of origins, destinations, and intermediate stops for inter-city busses, ferries, and trains) and makes the information available over a website and mobile application. Eric Insler, Chicken Bus’s founder and Kenan-Flagler Business School student, connected with computer science students at Duke and began logging and cataloguing routes in Nicaragua. 

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KBP GRANTEES

Over the past eight years, the Kenan Biddle Partnership has awarded over $300,000 to inter-institutional initiatives. Below, learn about the recent recipients. 

2018-2019 Grantee: Campus Pantry Collaborative (CPC)

Campus Pantry Collaborative (CPC) is a student-led effort focused on addressing food insecurity across college campuses. Following the creation of Duke’s Graduate and Professional Student Council Community Pantry and UNC’s Carolina Cupboard, the CPC will act as a collaborative space where both entities can share resources, best practices, and expand efforts to reach student populations that are currently underserved. The Kenan Biddle Partnership funding will allow Campus Pantry Collaborative to serve as a platform through which both groups can advocate for and work to ameliorate food insecurity-related issues on college campuses.

2018-2019 Grantee: College Q&A

College Q&A helps students navigate every aspect of the college application process, ranging from the common app to deciding what schools to apply to. There is an astounding disparity in college preparedness across North Carolina, with an average ratio of one counselor for every 400 students. College Q&A’s mission is to provide access to information and resources to students who otherwise would not have them. The Kenan Biddle Partnership funding will help the College Q&A team as they attempt to create a platform that matches student users with a counselor who can communicate entirely through SMS text messaging.

2018-2019 Grantee: Durham Volunteer Doulas

Durham Volunteer Doulas (DVD) is a community-based nonprofit organization with the mission of providing free, accessible, and quality doula care to low-resource women in the Triangle area. A birth doula is a non-medical support person who offers physical support, emotional comfort, and education before, during and after labor/birth. With the support of faculty advisor Katie Wyatt (Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy), Durham Volunteer Doulas will work directly to increase access to doula services, which are currently cost-prohibitive for many families in the Triangle. The Kenan Biddle Partnership will allow the organization to grow in the coming year through hosting birth doula and supplemental trainings for community volunteers; fostering referral partnerships with health facilities and other nonprofits; and connecting clients to local resources, improving the holistic services DVD provides.

2018-2019 Grantee: Lewin School

Lewin School is a community-based primary school located in Baringo, Kenya. The school opened its doors in 2016 and currently has 157 students, 7 community teachers and 4 staff members. Though some of the classes Lewin offers are similar to ones offered in Kenyan public and private schools, the adjustments in delivery, revamped sports and club activities and critical community-engagement programs are unique and tailored to challenge cultural practices inconsistent with the idea of education. Lewin School envisions developing a self-conscious and all-rounded generation of youth who look beyond their existing constraints to see a wealth of opportunities that create a shared value in the community. Funding from the Kenan Biddle Partnership and mentorship through the Duke and UNC networks will allow Lewin School to further develop its service learning programs to be more practical and mutually beneficial.

2018-2019 Grantee: MyHealthEd., Inc.

Real Talk is a mobile app that connects teens 13-15 years old with authentic stories and trusted resources on sensitive topics, like sexual health and mental health. All stories published in the app are crowdsourced, curated, and paired with high quality online health resources for teens to learn more about teach topic. Real Talk aims to increase connectedness and reduce isolation among teens by helping them know they are not alone in their experiences growing up. The Kenan Biddle Partnership will support a collaboration between the UNC's Gillings School of Global Public Health and the Duke University's Data Science Program to analyze Real Talk's database of user stories and allow the team to develop tools that will connect and share 100,000 stories in 2019.

2018-2019 Grantee: The Jump Ahead After School Program

The Jump Ahead After School Program aims to reverse the rising childhood obesity trend in North Carolina while improving the mental health and well being of local, at-risk youth — all with the help of jump rope. Jump Ahead will work with after school programs at elementary schools in Chapel Hill and Durham to provide a weekly program that combines jump rope with nutrition education and healthy snack options. The Kenan Biddle Partnership will allow Jump Ahead to partner with these local schools and provide them with their own set of ropes to use during visits and on their own time; provide students with healthy, locally sourced foods in order to encourage positive health behavior; and support the Jump Ahead team with assessing its program to measure improvements in physical and mental health.

2018-2019 Grantee: Thrive Camps

Thrive Camps is an integrative, evidence-informed model of sports training designed to help empower underserved youth girls of color to secure and succeed in post-secondary education. Thrive Camps will be low-cost, high-quality cheer and dance camps for schools and community programs in the Triangle and metropolitan Atlanta areas beginning in the summer of 2019. Through their camps, the Thrive Camps team hopes to spark positive developmental change in the lives of adolescent girls of color who are at-risk of negative life outcomes due to environmental disadvantages. With the support of the Kenan Biddle Partnership's educational support, professional development opportunities, funding, and intentional network of socially-minded innovators, Thrive Camps will be able to reach more youth at a higher, more meaningful capacity.

2018-2019 Grantee: Tumeruke

Tumeruke is a women’s empowerment year-long project in Iganga, Eastern Uganda. Through tailored trainings, peer mentoring, and entrepreneurship skills development, Tumeruke hopes to inspire and prepare women with limited opportunities to pursue financial independence and an economically sound living. The Kenan Biddle Partnership will provide funding for the team to kick start its project and build a strong support network of mentors and fellow students in North Carolina and Uganda to ensure Tumeruke's success.

2018-2019 Grantee: Women Who Debate

Women Who Debate is a free two-week debate camp that will be held at Duke University in August 2019. The camp aims to combat existing gender and financial inequities in both debate and the world by empowering girls from the Triangle area to become critical thinkers, garner argumentation skills, and learn public speaking. The Kenan Biddle Partnership funding will be paramount in making the camp truly accessible.  The grant will cover the cost of laptops, food, notepads, and other costs associated with debate.

2017-2018 Grantee: The Bridge

The Bridge believes that today’s media fails to create inspiring and positive images of black and Latina women. Founded at Duke and UNC in 2016, the online publication combats this scarcity by filling its pages with writing, photography, audio and video - all produced by women of color. The Kenan Biddle Partnership allowed the Bridge to strengthen this community at and between Duke and UNC members through content creation resources and event funding. Additionally, it allowed the Bridge to pilot a fellowship program which aimed to provide opportunities for creative internships, apprenticeships, and jobs to women of color.

2017-2018 Grantee: Carolina Swim Clinic

Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of death among children in the US. By offering swim lessons as a fun and engaging extracurricular activity, the Carolina Swim Clinic (CSC) hopes to combat this statistic directly while serving a population that may not always feel included in the greater community.  In 2017, CSC was an existing student-led organization at UNC Chapel Hill that provided free swim lessons to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access to swim lessons due to financial, cultural, or lingual barriers. With the Kenan Biddle Partnership funding, CSC collaborated with Duke student leaders and volunteers and expand its programming to Duke’s campus in order to provide the same high-quality swim lessons to Durham and greater Durham County.

 

2017-2018 Grantee: MoyoMedical

Preeclampsia is the second leading cause of maternal mortalities worldwide despite being straightforward to manage when detected early. To address this widespread global health problem, Elizabeth Ndichu (MSc. Candidate, Global Health, Duke) and Denali Dahl (PhD Biomedical Engineering, UNC) partnered with students at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda to design an EPED (early preeclampsia detection) strip. The project exemplified the power of collaboration not only between global health, medicine, and engineering, but also between students from different universities, backgrounds, and countries.

2017-2018 Grantee: Available or Accessible? Living in the Shadow of 'The Cities of Medicine'

This project focused on the well-being and health of refugee communities in the Piedmont area of North Carolina, by simultaneously assessing, broadening, and continuously improving services available to refugees from civil society groups, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies. The Kenan Biddle Partnership funding allowed public policy and public health students at UNC and Duke to collaborate with Advance Access & Delivery to create training guides for local health promotion workers and beneficiaries that work with refugee populations. 

2017-2018 Grantee: Art & Health

Art & Health created an art program at Duke Children’s Hospital which allowed patients to participate in mural making. Children, parents, and siblings in waiting rooms were offered a square to color while they waited for their appointments. These squares formed a larger picture, designed by team member Sujal Manohar.  Art & Health was propelled by the hope that this collaborative project would not only add cheer to an intimidating healthcare environment, but also help pediatric participants realize they are part of a community and not alone. Plans are in the works to replicate the mural initiative at a UNC Hospital.

2017-2018 Grantee: Leaders of Political Dialogue

The Leaders for Political Dialogue initiative aims to create an annual meeting place – a forum – where representative voices, bipartisan and nonpartisan, undergraduate and graduate, can convene to discuss issues and hear each other’s point of view with curiosity and without fear. The Kenan Biddle funding is supporting LPD leaders from Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and University of North Carolina, as they organize the second annual LPD event in November. This immersive experience includes story exchanges, facilitated dialogue, skills training, and more. Visit  leadersforpoliticaldialogue.org.  

2017-2018 Grantee: ChickenBus

ChickenBus LLC is a socially-minded tech startup, founded in 2017, dedicated to improving access to transportation. ChickenBus collects public transportation information from lesser-developed countries (timetables of origins, destinations, and intermediate stops for inter-city busses, ferries, and trains) and makes the information available over a website and mobile application. Eric Insler, Chicken Bus’s founder and Kenan-Flagler Business School student, connected with computer science students at Duke and began logging and cataloguing routes in Nicaragua. 

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The Kenan Biddle Partnership promotes collaboration between Duke and UNC students. Ideal projects will offer innovative solutions to a social or environmental need within their campus, local, or global community.