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The Senior Academy Program is sponsored by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The program is a dropout prevention initiative that provides one-on-one mentoring for 12th grade students who are in jeopardy of not graduating. High school guidance counselors identify these students who then agree to be a part of the program. Mentors are expected to spend at least one hour per week meeting with their student from late September through May. While this is not a tutoring program, many mentors have provided that type of support when meeting with their student. Mentors are also provided with incentives to give to their student, to be awarded when attendance and coursework goals are met. In 2014-15, 122 students were served by 125 mentors. Of those 122 students, 114 students graduated or are on-track to graduate – this includes 4th, 5th, & 6th year graduates, those attending summer school, and students expected to return for the 2015-16 year – yielding a 93.4% projected program graduation rate.
PROGRAM DETAILS & EXPECTATIONS:
“What are you thinking about? Just do it! Talking and thinking about helping is one thing, doing is another. Just step up and help a student!”
~ Rudy Anderson, Winston-Salem State University
If you would like to become a mentor, contact Tina Long at 336-728-9204.