Read to L.E.A.D. is an opportunity for NCSU students, staff and faculty to volunteer with low-income elementary age children and make a positive difference in their lives by fostering their personal and academic development. We partner with organizations such as Youth4Hope (Mondays from 4:00-5:15pm), Boys & Girls Club (Tuesdays from 4-5:30pm), Poe Library Technology with Boys & Girls Club students (Tuesdays from 4pm-5:15pm), and Neighbor to Neighbor (Thursdays from 5pm-6pm) and spend an hour each week reading books on diversity/social justice and helping to work on their reading/writing skills to help them succeed in school.
Volunteers pick one location (i.e., one day of the week) and commit to a 13-week involvement with their mentee. Transportation is provided for volunteers that do not have cars.
If you are interested in spending your time and energy on something bigger than yourself, please contact us to find out about the next opportunity to get involved. Weekly mentoring does require a mandatory training and background check – we hold sessions in early
September and late January.
Read to L.E.A.D. wouldn’t be such a great success without our caring sponsors:
Palsie’s Gourmet Popcorn and Sweets
Jason’s Deli – Cary Crossroads location
Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation
To find out more about what we are doing, see pictures of the group in action, and stay connected, please join our Facebook group page.
Thank you for your interest and feel free to contact Jennifer Castillo, Associate Director, Women’s Center, if you have any questions!
As participants in the CFYSLP, you will have the opportunity to engage in discussion and actions learning about gender-based leadership and develop your skills as a student leader. As a program, we hope to (a) identify and nurture a cohort of emerging leaders, (b) improve participants’ self-efficacy, self-knowledge, and leadership abilities through information sharing and relationship building, (c) equip and maximize both individual and group leadership competencies through service-based learning opportunities on campus and in the Raleigh and greater community!
Who is it for?
The CFYSLP is geared towards (but not limited or exclusive to):
1. Historically under-represented groups
2. First-generation college students
3. Students who may not otherwise self-identify as leaders!
Components and leadership modules:
Topics in weekly meetings will include gender based leadership issues. These topics include (a) The Hillary Clinton effect, (b) negotiation 101, (c) strength based leadership and other leadership theories, (d) networking, (e) work, life, balance, and many more!
- A two semester commitment for a full year of spring-fall
- A commitment to Sunday January 27, Sunday February 17, Sunday April 14 from 5-7 to meet with the Chancellor and Mrs. Woodson
- A commitment to meeting weekly each semester on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00PM
- A commitment to fulfilling the volunteer/service learning component
If students are interested they are to email Dr. Heidi Grappendorf, program director at email@example.com with a contact reference and/or nomination from a faculty or advisor by Wednesday November 7 at 5pm. Faculty/advisors must agree in advance to be a contact reference OR write a letter of recommendation. Additionally, students must include a ONE page typed response to answering (a) what leadership means to them, (b) how they feel they could benefit from the program. If selected, students will be asked to come to a brief interview.
*Information session for students: Thursday November 1, 6:30, Harrelson Hall 330