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Partners for Rural Impact

HBCU National Service Initiative

HBCU National Service Initiative




Engaging and Supporting Communities from the Inside Out


A Partnership with the Division of Student Affairs and University Advancement


 Request for Engagement & Participation

HBCU Give Back Budget Template



Our Work
We take a place-based, cradle-to-career approach to ensure that all youth in rural places succeed, starting with kindergarten readiness and continuing to a fulfilling career.

Our Big Bold Vision: ​
​All rural children and youth are on the path to postsecondary success, because we know that is the surest path to upward mobility.​

Goals & Objectives:

  • Organize a cohort of NC HBCUs to launch a national service program.
  • Increase funding necessary to build organizational capacity.
  • Leverage the national service model to create more workforce development opportunities for students.
  • Provide civic experiences that contribute to the overall advancement of rural communities.
  • Advance education attainment and leadership skills that produce better student outcomes

Program Implementation:

January 15th
                     Initiative Soft Launch
Honoring Dr. MLK Holiday-A Day of National Service
February 29th
                    Kick-Off & Main Event
CIAA-ECSU's Partners in Progress Reception



HBCU Give Back Video

HBCU Give Back Fact Sheet


Important Dates & Information to Remember:

Focus: Develop a Service Project on your camps and/or within your local community (more details to come).

Eligibility: Must be a North Carolina Historically Black College & University (HBCU) to apply.


March 15, 2024 – Release of RFP (Request for Proposals):  

April 8, 2024 - Deadline to submit grant application. 

  April 28 – May 1, 2024 – Partners for Rural Impact – Rural Summit (Lexington, KY) www.partnersrural.org


For more information, contact: 252-335-3276 or visit https://partnersrural.org/


University Leads

Dr. Kevin J. Wade, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & University Advancement

Ms. Angie Wills, Business Officer, Student Affairs & University Advancement