What is the Wake Promise?

Dr. Jose Picart explains the two-pronged foundation of the County initiative, as well as it’s origin and future plans.

 

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We promise to work together as a community to help students in Wake County achieve a postsecondary credential and living wage employment. With this promise, we affirm our confidence in the potential and the promise in all our youth to be college and career ready. The Wake Promise is the work of the Wake Partnership for Postsecondary Success (WPPS)

 

Our Goal

By 2025, the WPPS will have helped double the number of low income youth in Wake County who are projected to achieve a postsecondary credential from 672 to 1344 college graduates per year.

The Wake Promise seeks to increase the number of Wake County youth who achieve a postsecondary credential and living-wage employment. To achieve this objective, the WPPS will convene and connect like-minded organizations in Wake County to form partnerships that agree to help youth graduate from high school, succeed in college and find employment. The WPPS provides the following services in support of this objective:

 

 

Resources

Resources

The operation and maintenance of a searchable listing and database of educational and work-force development resources in Wake County.

 

Collaboration

Collaboration

Identifying, convening and helping like-minded organizations explore the possibility of working together, rather than independently.

Education

Education

Periodically hosting and presenting conferences/workshops focused on best practices, lessons-learned and innovations that help youth graduate from high school, go to college and find employment.

 

Leadership

Leadership

Searching for, identifying and securing resources to support the Wake Promise, in addition to offering workshops for community members interested in leading community partnerships.

 

 

 

Our Legacy Programs

 

Wake Future Scholars

Wake Future Scholars

The Wake Future Scholars Program is part of Students Discover which is funded by an NSF Math Science Partnership grant and offers a cohort of Wake County middle-school students with:

  • STEM summer bridge programming and Saturday STEM sessions during the school year
  • Coaching
  • College campus visits
  • Parental involvement
  • The opportunity to interact with scientists at the NC Science Museum

 

Wake Fellows Program

Wake Fellows Program

Wake Fellows are NC State Students who have graduated from Wake County high schools and have agreed to participate in a variety of student success activities administered by the TRIO Program.

These activities are designed to increase college retention, persistence and graduation. In addition, Raleigh Fellows can apply for “last dollar” scholarships, offered by the Goodwin-Meissner Family Foundation, which cover the gap between total cost of college attendance and other sources of financial assistance.

 

Wake College Center

Wake College Center

In collaboration with NC State University TRIO programs, AmeriCorps Vista and partnering community-based organizations, the Raleigh College Center provides Wake County youth with academic support, college application assistance, advising services and campus visits.

 

 

 

Our Work

Our Events

Our Events

OCTOBER – Youth Thrive issues a Call to Action to focus on Emotional Well-being and Educational Success!

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Our Challenges

Our Challenges

Our Successes

Our Successes

The Wake Promise impacts the lives of Wake County students as well as the members of the community around them.

SUCCESS STORIES

Our Future

Our Future

 

 

Our Leadership Team

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Dr. Jose Picart

Executive Director

919.513.3222

japicart@ncsu.edu

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Bryan Ryan

Associate Executive Director

919.866.5146

bryanryan@waketech.edu

Dr. Paula Moten-Tolson

Department Chair, Assistant Professor

Shaw University

919.546.8544

pmoten@shawu.edu

Jenny Spiker

Director – Cooperating Raleigh Colleges

919.760.8538

crc@meredith.edu

Betsey McFarland

Executive Director – WELL

919.856.9233

bmcfarland@wade.org

Marrius Pettiford, Ph.D

Sr. Director of CaSS – Wake County Public Schools

919.694.0577

mpettiford@wcpss.net

Caroline Harper

Data Analyst – Wake County Human Services

919.212.7162

caroline.harper@wakegov.com

Marsha Pharr

Executive Director – TRIO Programs

919.515.4577

mbpharr@ncsu.edu

 

Our Partners

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