Please join us on Monday April 24th at 4pm for the final presentations for this year’s Dash Corps program! Over the course of the spring semester, six teams of Wake Forest students have been paired with non-profit partners to work on capacity building projects in the community. Students will be presenting on their progress and accomplishments. The partner organizations this year are Experiment in Self Reliance, the Forsyth Community Food Consortium, the SECU Family House, the Forsyth Humane Society, the Yadkin River Keeper, and Samaritan Ministries. Presentations will be at the Pro Humanitate Institute and all are welcome.
What is Dash Corps?
Dash Corps is a project based program designed to equip first year students with a civic minded perspective and leadership skills to foster their development as informed and contributing citizen leaders. Student teams will work directly with their project partner towards a key deliverable with the aim of aiding the organization in carrying out their work.Through the program students will gain a greater understanding of the needs within the Winston Salem community, think critically about their role as citizens, and work towards positive social action.
In the fall semester the program includes both leadership and civic development training to provide first year students a baseline of skills to positively engage with community. Students will also be exposed to Winston Salem and gain insights into their community. In the spring semester, student’s will apply their skill and knowledge to a specific project that has been proposed by a partner organization doing civic and/or social justice work.
Throughout the process the team of first year students will be led by upper classmen student leaders. Each team of five to six first year students will be paired with two student leaders.These leaders will serve as mentors to the first year students, providing insight about their own experience engaging with communities and guiding the projects to completion. Effective student leaders will have a demonstrated commitment to community based development and to mentorship in addition to a commitment to inclusive community building.