Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Volunteer Opportunities

Wake Forest participates in the Corporate Volunteers Program and the Senior Academy through the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce. The following provides details about these programs and how faculty and staff can participate.

The Corporate Volunteers Program

The Corporate Volunteers Program was created in 1999 through a collaborative partnership with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. The corporate sponsor of the program is Kaplan Early Learning Company.

The objective of the program is to improve the performance of specifically identified students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, so that each tutored child will be at or above the expected proficiency level by the end of the school year. Created for students who enter school lacking the general readiness skills needed for early school success, students are paired with business and community volunteers who provide critical one-on-one time working on school readiness skills to help reduce the student’s risk of falling further behind and widening the achievement gap.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Jennifer Cobb at 336.728.9219 or


Senior Academy

The Chamber’s Senior Academy drop-out prevention program provides one-on-one mentoring for 12th grade students at participating high schools (Atkins Technology, Carver, East Forsyth, North Forsyth, Reynolds, and Robert B. Glenn High Schools) who are in jeopardy of not graduating. Over the course of the school year, the mentor meets with his or her student for a maximum of one (1) hour per week with the goal of developing a supportive relationship with the student. The mentor offers academic support, employment preparedness, and job placement advice.

If you would like to become a mentor, contact Tina Long at 336.728.9204 or