Winston<40 is a proud supporter of the Chamber’s business volunteer efforts. We support the Senior Academy and the Corporate Volunteers Programs. We are also a partner with HandsOn Northwest North Carolina, which provides a wide variety of other volunteer opportunities. Read below to find out how you can get involved.
The Corporate Volunteers Program was created in 1999 through a collaborative partnership with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
The objective of the program is to improve the performance of specifically identified students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, so that each tutored child will be at or above the expected proficiency level by the end of the school year. Created for students who enter school lacking the general readiness skills needed for early school success, students are paired with business and community volunteers who provide critical one-on-one time working on school readiness skills to help reduce the student’s risk of falling further behind and widening the achievement gap.
The program involves Kindergarten through 2nd grade students in 16 elementary schools, with at least 75% of the participants qualifying for free or reduced lunch. The students are paired with business and community volunteers who spend an hour each week working with their student on reading and language skills. Materials used by volunteers in the program are “volunteer friendly” with training and orientation provided by the Chamber and each school. Volunteers are surveyed at the end of each school year to provide program feedback.
Volunteers are encouraged to tutor a Kindergarten student and some volunteers are asked to “move up” and continue with their student to the next grade level.
To sign up your organization, or to participate as an individual, contact Jennifer Cobb at 336-728-9219, or [email protected].
The Chamber’s Senior Academy drop-out prevention program provides one-on-one mentoring for 12th grade students who are in jeopardy of not graduating from participating high schools (Atkins Technology, Carver, East Forsyth, North Forsyth, Reynolds, and Robert B. Glenn High Schools). Over the course of the school year, the mentor meets with his or her student for a maximum of one (1) hour per week with the goal of developing a supportive relationship with the student. The mentor offers academic support, employment preparedness, and job placement advice.
If you would like to become a mentor, contact Tina Long at 336-728-9204 or [email protected].
HandsOn Nortwest North Carolina
HandsOn Northwest North Carolina strengthens our community by building the capacity of our nonprofits and increasing volunteerism. They connect nonprofits with the resources needed to develop capacity, and they connect volunteers with nonprofits needing services.
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