AventWest Children’s Mentoring (AWCM) enrolls students in grades one through eleven living in the AventWest community near NC State University. In addition to academic support, the program collaborates with local organizations to maximize the services provided for the students.
- Avent Ferry United Methodist Church and Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church provide convenient places for the after school tutoring program. Space is provided for a middle and high school computer room at Avent Ferry UMC and Western Boulevard Presbyterian Church provides space for the soccer program on Wednesday afternoons.
- The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina sponsors the Kids Cafe program which provides dinner for the middle and high school students, snacks for the elementary students and snacks for the Wednesday soccer program. Meals are prepared and delivered by the Interfaith Food Shuttle. On site, AWCM volunteers prepare and serve the meal each afternoon.
- Jr. League of Raleigh members provide enrichment activities and serve as reading tutors for the elementary students four afternoons each month as part of their “Team AWCM” program. Enrichment activities include preparing healthy snacks, programs on safety, art and music as well as presentations by the Mad Scientist, the Bouncing Bulldogs, a jump rope team based in Durham, Kids on the Block puppet show, yoga and many other fun activities.
- Collaborative efforts with N.C. State University programs including the Food Science program and the School of Social Work provide on-site and on-campus activities for middle and high school students. Students have an opportunity to participate in environmental programs and hands-on science experiments, learn simple computer programming and visit a computer science lab. During annual visits, students tour campus facilities such as the new library on Centennial Campus, enjoy dinner in a dining hall and take a campus tour.
- Students attend hockey games, Carolina Railhawks soccer games and participate in an annual visit to the WRAL TV studios through the generosity of the organizations and commitment of volunteers.
These programs enhance the AWCM program, expand the awareness of educational opportunities in our community and encourage students to stay in school and consider new and interesting careers.