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Latina/o Mentoring Initiative


WFU’s Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Minor is proud to partner with WFU’s Education department and the Hispanic League to launch a mentoring program for Latino middle school and high school youth of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program consists of pairing WFU students with Latino students affiliated with the Hispanic League for a mentoring relationship that lasts at least two years. The mentoring program will not only provide Latino youth with academic support to prepare them to apply to college and future careers but also to provide them the non-academic support that they need to succeed in school and undergo difficult, transitional periods in their lives.

In order to participate in this program, there are two tracks that mentors can follow. The official mentor track in which mentors earn a mentor certificate at the end of the two years involves 1.) mentoring (activities involve tutoring, taking mentees on campus tours and partaking in social activities with mentee), 2.) taking an independent study course on mentoring led by Dr. Parker Moore during the first year of the program and 3.) earning three Latin American and Latino Studies credit hours for completing an independent study course with Dr. Wilkinson or Dr. Siavelis. The other track that students can take involves students serving as a mentor to students affiliated with the Hispanic League (activities involve tutoring, taking students on campus tours and partaking in social activities with mentee) over the span of two years in addition to taking a cultural diversity and mentoring workshop before mentoring begins.

Before being admitted to the program, WFU students will undergo an application process that will include submission of required paper work to Silvia Correa (correas@wfu.edu) and undergoing an interview by a member of the program.

Some Benefits in Partaking in the Program:

  • Make a difference in the life of a Latino/a student.
  • Learn more about the city of Winston-Salem and its residents.
  • Develop a more comprehensive understanding of the strength and struggles of Latino/a students in the U.S.
  • Receive six academic credits, three in education for a mentoring course and three towards the Latin American and Latino Studies Minor (official track).
  • Develop critical thinking, analytical, quantitative literacy and writing skills (official track).
  • Develop strong leadership, inter-personal communication skills.
  • Develop a rich and rewarding relationship with a local Latino/a student that can last a lifetime!

                                                                                                2018-2020 Latino Mentoring Initiative Application


For more information about this program, please contact Silvia Correa (correas@wfu.edu


Senior Mentors Testimonials

“Mentoring the children at El Buen Pastor has definitely been a highlight of mine at Wake.  I was able to help students that reminded me so much of myself when I was their age.  My mentee and I both came from similar cultural backgrounds, a similar family makeup, lacked available financial and educational resources, and we didn’t have college educated parents to guide us.  It felt so rewarding to be able to give my mentee the knowledge and support I wish I had in high school.
Alexandra Reyes
Sociology Major, Econ & ESE Double-Minor
Nourish International Co-President
H.O.P.E. Community Involvement Chair
Wake Forest University ’18


“The Latino Mentoring Initiative has been one of the most significant parts of my Wake Forest experience. It was important for me to connect with other Latinos in the area and to pass along the knowledge that got me through college debt-free. As a recent graduate going into the education field, this experience also prepared me to work with the youth and to realize the various challenges that persist in education today but also the ways in which to combat them!”
Kimberly Romero
Politics & International Affairs and Spanish Majors
Anna Julia Cooper Research Fellow
Wake Forest University ’18