Wayfinders

Helping Opportunity Find Every Child

aka formerly R Bruce Irons Camp Fund   |   Charlotte, NC   |  http://www.wayfindersnc.org

Mission

Wayfinders ignites students’ potential by expanding their confidence, connections, and horizons. We achieve this through summer camps, year-round enrichment programs, and mentor relationships for self-motivated, underserved students.

Notes from the nonprofit

Wayfinders, known for over 30 years as Bruce Irons Camp Fund, addresses academic and social capital gaps by including low-income, high potential 4th through 12th-grade students in a 5-8 year-long mentoring program paired with meaningful summer experiences and year-round enrichment programming. Students are motivated to be successful in school, their self-confidence increases, and they develop leadership skills. These intermediary outcomes influence long-term outcomes such as academic performance, school attendance, and ultimately, graduation from high school.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Mollie James

Main address

725 Providence Rd Ste 212

Charlotte, NC 28207 USA

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Formerly known as

Bruce Irons Canp Fund

EIN

55-0825218

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Address Summer Slide and Increase Social Capital for At-Risk Students

Wayfinders, known for over 30 years as Bruce Irons Camp Fund (BICF), addresses academic and social capital gaps by including low-income and minority children in a 5-8 year-long program centered around summer camp. Admitted to the program as fourth graders, Wayfinders students attend three summers of 2- to 3-week overnight camp in the NC mountains (grades 4-6) and three summers of STEAM camp at UNC Greensboro or engineering camp at CPCC (grades 7-9). In high school, Wayfinders participants are matched with a custom summer program, such as another year at a specialty camp, counselor-in-training at a summer camp, job shadowing, or paid internships. Participants are also included in year-round enrichment programs designed to reinforce learning and increase social capital, such as monthly swim lessons, technology camp, hiking excursions, community service activities, theater and museum outings, financial literacy workshops, and targeted leadership programs. Each student is outfitted for camp with a trunk, bedding, and other essentials, and they are paired with a dedicated adult mentor who prepares them for camp and supports them for all eight years.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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Wayfinders

Board of directors
as of 8/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stacy Levinson

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/01/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.