UNCW Junior Seahawk Academy Selected for National Volunteer Matching Program, Offers Summer Sessions

Monday, June 13, 2016

The UNCW Junior Seahawk Academy is among the first 80 organizations chosen for “The Connected 100” volunteer matching program.

Funded by Time Warner Cable, this new partnership between VolunteerMatch and The Connectory provides 100 organizations across the nation with free tools to help recruit volunteers most passionate about their mission. Among the resources the academy will be provided with are an online system for recruiting and tracking volunteers, analytic features for simplified grant reporting, customized questionnaires and webinars.

The UNCW Junior Seahawk Academy is open to all middle school students. It is designed for those from economically disadvantaged and underrepresented populations, helping them develop interests in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as well as health and education careers. All participants benefit from the various fun, hands-on learning activities, including technology explorations, seminars and creative project design.

Angelia Reid-Griffin, an associate professor in UNCW’s Watson College of Education’s Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations and Secondary Education, helped spearhead the Junior Seahawk Academy in 2005 and has served as coordinator of the program since 2007. “In addition to this honor, we are thankful for support from the Friends of UNCW, Biogen Foundation's Ignite the Power of STEM North Carolina competitive grant and Farm Bureau-New Hanover County,” she said.

This year the program will offer two sessions:

Session 1 - 1 week
June 27 - July 1
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$30 registration fee

Session 2 - 2 weeks
July 5 - July 15
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
$60 registration fee

Registration for the summer 2016 sessions is currently open. For more information or to volunteer with the program, visit

--Caroline Cropp