Read to L.E.A.D.

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Want to get involved in the larger community, learn about diversity and equity and realize the impact one can make through the development of relationships with youth?  Join us in Read to L.E.A.D. (Learn.Engage.Ask.Do)!

Read to L.E.A.D. is a relationship-based interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunity that engages and educates the campus community and the community in which it resides.  Using literacy as a tool, this program provides high-impact learning and leadership opportunities for all members to become equity-minded practitioners, foster social change and embrace diversity and equity on campus and in our larger community. Mentors pick one location (see our partners below), must attend a mandatory training and commit to spending 12 weeks with their mentees. Transportation is provided to offsite locations for mentors who do not have cars. Mentors will spend one and a half hours each week getting to know their mentees through games, reading/dialogue and building life skills together through various activities

Program Goals:

  • Foster the personal and academic development of local youth that that face systemic obstacles to realizing their full potential.
  • Build community, through the sharing of common interests and challenges, where individuals feel valued and self-efficacy is developed.
  • Foster the personal, academic and professional capacity of NCSU student mentors and develop “equity-minded practitioners,” who are willing to engage in the necessary, and sometimes difficult, conversations that can lead to transformational change.
  • Create diversity-oriented research and evaluation opportunities for NCSU students and faculty.
  • Foster the advancement of the mission and goals of our partners as well the university’s commitment to its land grant charge and strategic plan goals.

Program Partners (2014-2015):

Washington Elementary Boys and Girls Club (ages 5-12, Tuesdays)
Neighbor to Neighbor @ Glenbrook Crossing (ages 5-12, Wednesdays)
Alexander Family YMCA Afterschool Program (ages 11-14, Thursdays)
East Cary Middle School (ages 11-14, Thursdays)

To read more about our story and how you can help make a difference, please see the brochure:

To find out about the next opportunity to get involved, please contact us at: , 919.513.2672 , or  join our facebook group to keep up with what we’re up to:

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