August 2020 Update: Data Breach Notification

Program Overview

Students Served

  • In 2020, Wayfinders will serve 150 4th – 12th grade, low-income CMS students by providing summer camp experiences, year-round enrichment opportunities, and mentoring relationships for 5 – 8 years.
  • Our scholars are approximately 68% African-American, 30% Latino/Hispanic, and 2% Asian, Multi-racial, and White.
  • Scholars are selected in the 4th grade through a partnership with Communities In Schools based on demonstrated strong academic effort, leadership potential, and good citizenship.
  • Our scholars are great kids — they just lack opportunity. And this is where Wayfinders comes in… 

Critical Needs Addressed

  • Summer Learning Loss
  • Lack of Access to Social Capital 

Three Focus Areas Throughout

  • Building Individual Social Capital
  • Healthy Social and Emotional Development
  • College and Career Readiness

 

Program Model

EXPLORERS (4-6 graders)

Summer Camp Experiences

  • 2-3 weeks of overnight camp in the mountains of NC
  • Camp partners – Camp Celo, Camp Hanes, Eagle’s Nest, Green River Preserve, Gwynn Valley Camp

Enrichment

  • Swim lessons, nature hikes, theater outings, museum visits, community service opportunities, social skills workshops

Mentoring

  • Mentors help prepare for camp, drive to/from camp, meet at least once a month for an activity together

ADVENTURERS (7-9 graders)

Summer Camp Experiences

  • 1-2 weeks of overnight camp on a college campus for STEM or STEAM camp and overnight outdoor adventure/leadership camps
  • Camp Partners – UNC Greensboro’s All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp; Red Hat Shelton Challenge leadership camp (NC State and UNC Charlotte); Duke University’s Accelerated STEM Academy; Eagle’s Nest HANTE Appalachian Trail Trek; Green River Preserve Blue Ridge Expedition; Camp Hanes Leaders-in-Training camp

Enrichment

  • Computer coding workshops, job-shadowing opportunities, theater outings, museum visits, financial literacy workshops, strengths assessments

Mentoring

  • Mentors help prepare for camp, drive to/from camp, meet at least once a month for an activity together, begin discussions about post-secondary interests/plan

NAVIGATORS (10-12 graders)

Summer Camp/Leadership Experiences

  • Camp counselor and counselor-in-training (CIT) opportunities
  • Overnight camp on a college campus for STEM or leadership camp
  • Day camps at Central Piedmont Community College and other area locations
  • Job-shadowing opportunities
  • Paid and unpaid internships and paid employment
  • Summer partners – Camp Celo (CIT), Camp Hanes (CIT), Eagle’s Nest Camp (Jr. Counselor), UNC Greensboro’s All-Arts, Sciences & Technology Camp (CIT); Red Hat Shelton Challenge leadership camp (NC State and UNC Charlotte); Duke Accelerated STEM Academy; Rebuilding Opportunities in Construction (internship); Blythe Development (internship)

Enrichment

  • Job-shadowing opportunities, theater outings, museum visits, financial literacy workshops, mindfulness workshops, college and career assessments

Mentoring

  • Mentors help prepare for summer experiences, meet at least once a month for an activity together, continue discussions about post-secondary interests/plan, and connect scholars to existing college and career preparatory programs