This list, categorized by academic level, contains year round and special summer opportunities for mentees.

Elementary School

Year Round

Building a Strong Mentoring Relationship – students are selected in fourth grade and paired with a mentor advocate to build a relationship during this period. Learn more about how to become a mentor

Summer

Camp Bob – students can participate (free of charge) in Camp Bob which is an overnight camping experience including rock climbing, canoeing, hiking, and team building.

Middle School

Year Round

Girls and Boys Retreats – The retreats happen once per year (usually in the spring). The daylong event includes guest speakers, workshops, and relationship building.

Seeking the Self – STS is an arts-based program designed to promote racial identity development and academic success for middle school students. Through collaboration with Hidden Voices, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate provides its students with experiences through the school year on Saturdays.

Academic Support – Our Academic Support Specialist coordinates resources and monitors the academic success of students. Students are recognized during the year for making growth and for their academic accolades through Academic Champions. After School tutorial is available for students through our partnership with Communities in Schools. We also staff two AmeriCorps members to support our middle school students.

Summer

Seeking the Self – Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate also provides its students with a one-week overnight camp which is hosted at the Center for Dramatic Arts on UNC Chapel Hill’s campus.

High School

Year Round

Girls and Boys Retreats – The retreats happen once per year (usually in the spring). The daylong event includes guest speakers, workshops, and relationship building.

Youth Leadership Institute – Each high school has its own YLI club. Meetings are held twice a month and consist of planning and coordinating our service-learning projects, team-building, and on-going leadership training. At our meetings, students propose ideas for new service projects and college visits; they reflect on completed service projects; and they grow as a group to support each other. Students also learn about other extracurricular and leadership development opportunities beyond YLI.

College Tours – Students have opportunities to visit colleges during the school year for college road trips.

Spring Break (Domestic and International) – Students have the opportunity to participate in domestic and international spring break service learning trips. If you would like to learn more, visit BRMA and YLI Facebook pages.

Academic Support – Afterschool tutorials, ACT courses, and SAT courses are available for students. We staff two Americorps members to support students through afterschool tutorial at Hargraves Community Center. We also have a Social Work Intern from UNC who coordinates college workshops.

Summer

Youth Leadership Institute Camp – Every year, students from each high school come together for the YLI Summer Camp. The summer camp curriculum focuses on leadership, team building, project planning, decision-making, goal setting, and social justice. All of the lessons are taught through experiential learning and group facilitation. Our training begins with students getting to know each other through trust-building activities. Students are then introduced to four components of leadership: vision, communication, empowerment, and action. See the YLI website for more information

Summer Writing Institute – The Summer Writing Institute is offered to students as an academic enrichment. Students choose between receiving a stipend for their work or credit recovery (for students who failed English for the year). The camp is held on UNC’s campus and authors come to visit students and take them on a journey through writing workshops where they can develop a love for writing. Past notable authors include Matt De La Pena and Jacqueline Woodson. CJ Suitt, Spoken Word Artist, has also conducted a workshop with BRMA students.