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We believe education begins at birth and lasts throughout life. Education can be a key to unleashing the potential of opportunity for everyone, especially for those whose communities have been marginalized. Therefore, education should be equitable, excellent in its delivery and accessible to all regardless of place, gender, ability, income or ethnicity.

Funding Priorities

Want to know more? Find out more about Education funding opportunities.

Take a minute to read a message from Ereka R. Williams, Vice President – Education, to find out what we are focusing on in 2024.

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Multi-year funding provided to 47 organizations that offer high-quality, evidence-based out-of-school-time programming and supports, with a focus on Black students, English language learners, students with learning disabilities and students experiencing elevated levels of poverty.

what we’re learning about education

Care and Learning (CandL) Data on Early Care and Education

Comprehensive Studies of WNC’s Early Care & Education Landscape

A Landscape Analysis of K12 Education Outcomes in Western North Carolina

Summer Learning Recovery in Western North Carolina: Voices From the Field

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meet the
education team

Ereka R. Williams

Vice President – Education
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Victoria Brownlee

Officer – Education
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Tricia Wilson

Associate- Education
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Dr. Ereka R. Williams joins Education Matters to discuss the value of out-of-school time programming in providing students continued learning and enrichment opportunities. In 2023, Dogwood and other WNC partners were recognized as Afterschool Champions for their contributions to out-of-school time programming as part of Lights On Afterschool, an annual nationwide campaign celebrating after school programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities.

partner outcomes

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina works to make a difference by one-on-one mentoring.

Boys And Girls Club Of Henderson County

In the summer of 2020, the Boys & Girls Club of Henderson County served nearly 250 members.
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Boys And Girls Club Of Transylvania

Today’s Transylvania Boys & Girls Club is a hub of activity with kids coming from nine area schools.
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El Centro (LAC) Of Henderson County

Latinx-operated community center that alleviates challenges and creates a more inclusive community for Latinx residents.
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Glitter Sisters

The Glitter Sisters program serves as a critical support system for girls age 15-18.
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Smart Start Regional Cohort

Helping to increase resiliency and reduce trauma throughout Western North Carolina.
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