Class XXI Continues to Make a Difference
The members of LNC Class XXI gathered in Raleigh in November to spend two and a half days focused on the topic of government in North Carolina. This engaging and interactive session included a tour of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women (NCCIW); a “Legislator for an Hour” exercise on the floor of the General Assembly; the “Budgetopolis” budgeting simulation; presentations from experts, elected officials, and community leaders; and an inspiring Leadership Profile talk by former Governor Jim Hunt. It also offered participants a second opportunity to work in their small Action Groups and to share their ideas with the full class.
The December Education Session in Greensboro marked the halfway point for the Class XXI program year. Highlights of the Education session included a visit to the International Civil Rights Museum; a tour of the Middle College at North Carolina A&T State University, followed by a lively discussion with Middle College students and their principal; and presentations from and discussions with experts, policy makers, and practitioners on topics along the education continuum from early childhood through higher education.
Through work in their Action Groups and as a full class, members of Class XXI are finding creative ways to make a difference. The group collected more than 1,000 pounds of food for Greensboro’s Out of the Garden Project—and will include a food drive at each of their remaining program sessions. They also donated more than $700 to support NCCIW’s Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) program, and several class members provided transportation to help children of NCCIW inmates spend time with their mothers over the holidays.
In preparation for the February Health and Human Services session, class members have been invited to take on the SNAP Challenge, eating on just $4.50 a day to simulate living on food budget comparable to what the SNAP program provides. They will have a chance to share their experiences when they reconvene in February and relate them to the powerful “Making Ends Meet” exercise that forms the heart of that session.