Latino/a Mentoring Initiative

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WFU’s Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) Minor is proud to partner with WFU’s Education department and El Buen Pastor Latino Community Services (EBPLCS) to launch a mentoring program for Latino middle school and high school youth of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The program consists of pairing WFU juniors with Latino students affiliated with EBPLCS 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 EDU 368 (a mentoring class) 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 EBPLCS (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 and undergoing an interview by one of the program’s directors.

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!

 2017-2019 Latino Mentoring Application

 

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

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