The state of North Carolina faces substantive challenges during this time of remarkable growth. We believe that there is nothing wrong with our state that can not be saved by our people, together.


Our Challenges

North Carolina is among the 7 worst states for hunger.

1.6 million North Carolinians are food insecure, including 26.7% of our children.

In 2013, 1.1 million North Carolinians were served by a food bank.

1 in 5 North Carolinians are touched by poverty.

We are the 10th poorest state in the country.


We are guided by jamie's values

Love: A passion for people, for our work, and for improving our community.

Humility: Leading by action and example, with integrity and sincerity.

Public Service: Devoted to social justice, dedicated to public service, and determined to lift up all in her community.


Our vision

An active and diverse network of emerging leaders equipped to change their communities - an army of Jamies.



To convene, connect, and develop the next generation of emerging leaders and solutions.


we believe

We believe that in order to solve our challenges, we must begin by investing in individuals and emerging solutions.

We invest in individuals who seek to lead the way in their community - even if they do not yet know they are leaders. After all, a single person might come up with an answer for persistent poverty, malnutrition, or how to turn around a school. That individual might lead the way for an entire coalition of changemakers who would transform our state if only we connect them.

First, is the danger of futility: the belief there is nothing one man or one woman can do against the enormous array of the world’s ills — against misery, against ignorance, or injustice and violence.

Yet many of the world’s great movements, of thought and action, have flowed from the work of a single man. A young monk began the Protestant Reformation, a young general extended an empire from Macedonia to the borders of the earth, and a young woman reclaimed the territory of France. It was a young Italian explorer who discovered the New World, and 32 year-old Thomas Jefferson who proclaimed that “all men are created equal.”

“Give me a place to stand,” said Archimedes, “and I will move the world.”

These men moved the world, and so can we all. Few will have the greatness to bend history, but each of us can work to change a small portion of the events, and then the total — all of these acts — will be written in the history of this generation.

Thousands of Peace Corps volunteers are making a difference in the isolated villages and the city slums of dozens of countries. Thousands of unknown men and women in Europe resisted the occupation of the Nazis and many died, but all added to the ultimate strength and freedom of their countries.

It is from numberless diverse acts of courage such as these that the belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.
— Robert F. Kennedy, Cape Town, South Africa in 1966