AventWest Children's Mentoring

Avent Ferry United Methodist Church – Middle and High School

2700 Avent Ferry Road
Raleigh, NC 27606

Serves Grades 6-11
Students in grades 6-11 attend AventWest Children’s Mentoring/Kids Cafe on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. at Avent Ferry United Methodist Church.

Daily Routine
The students enjoy arriving early to spend time outside where they enjoy soccer and other physical activities. The church site provides a safe place for the students to play games and socialize with their peers.

From 5:15-6:15pm the students work on homework and basic skills with volunteer tutors. The students at the Avent Ferry site have homework to complete and can work on reports or research in the computer lab. English is a second language for the majority of the students.  Volunteers tutors assist in understanding directions, give guidance on math problems, read with the students, help with writing assignments and the completion of special projects.

While the students work with the tutors, volunteers prepare a dinner meal with food from the Food Bank and from frozen entrees prepared and delivered by the Interfaith Food Shuttle each week.  At the end of the meal, students are returned to their homes.

Daily Schedule
4:45 – 5:15   Physical Activity
5:15 – 6:15   Tutoring
6:15 – 6:30   Dinner

Other Activities
Enrichment activities are offered through collaboration with community programs and include:

  • Tour of the WRAL-TV 5
  • Attend Hurricanes hockey and Railhawks soccer games
  • N.C. State University Food Science Program Activities

Each year a Winter Celebration takes place in December. This event brings parents, students, teachers, volunteers, church members, neighbors and Board members together to enjoy a meal and entertainment. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of student gifts from the Angel Trees.