Benefits and Expectations

Starting college is a unique time in life. We want to ensure you have the easiest transition by starting school with a whole village rooting for you. This is your time to make a difference in the world and we believe that is through advocating for youth and engaging in a positive mentoring experience. Join the village to change your life and someone else’s.

Life on Campus

  • You will move into the village with 40+ friends on your first day. SAY provides a caring and collaborative environment where you form friendships that will last a lifetime.
  • SAY doesn’t just work hard—we play hard, too. Enjoy social activities in the convenience of your residence hall like game nights, lip sync battles, dances, and dinners.
  • Second-year mentors called Education Advisors will usher you into college life through interactive programming to adjust to college life and your mentoring relationship.
  • Enjoy one-on-one interaction with faculty in and out of the classroom.
  • Complete coursework in the comfort of home in the Syme Hall Lounge where computers are available for SAY residents.

Youth Advocacy

Develop a year-long mentoring relationship with a fourth- or fifth-grade student from one of three participating Wake County schools. You’ll meet with your mentee weekly for fun, conversation, and developmental activities to help them build upon their potential.

SAY Education Advisors will meet with you monthly to help you brainstorm how to make the best of your time with your mentee and talk through your victories and challenges as a mentor.

Enroll in ED 150 and ED 151, “Issues in Youth Advocacy” (1 credit each) to learn about issues related to today’s youth in North Carolina, ethical issues in work with youth, and how legislation and policy affect youth organizations.

Engaging conversations with youth advocates and faculty members over dinner.

Second-year students are paired with middle school mentees for a new experience. Remember middle school? Let’s agree that everyone needs a friend in their corner during those years. That person can be you.

Raleigh and Beyond

  • We believe it is important for you to get to know Raleigh as your home away from home as well as get to know the city that your mentee calls home. To help you get to know the city we host socials to visit museums, corn mazes, and even Krispy Kreme.
  • SAY students have the option of traveling to Savannah, Georgia for the National Youth-at-Risk conference where we learn how to meet the serious challenges facing our youth.
  • Each year, second-year SAY students travel to Washington, D.C. during fall break to meet with various youth advocates who are dedicated to helping our youth.