Mission

Inspire Literacy

The Skip Prosser Literacy Program aims to elevate student engagement and enthusiasm for reading. The program’s most recognizable initiative, the Skip Prosser READ Challenge, encourages students to read at least 20 minutes a day through while connecting with an intergenerational community of readers. Prizes and other incentives, including school-wide author visits, are provided to inspire and celebrate student reading.

Foster Connection

The Skip Prosser Literacy Program strives to foster connection between students and student-athletes from Wake Forest University and students in Forsyth County. The READ with the Deacs Ambassador program fosters in-person and virtual connections among students. Other initiatives, including the middle-grades Paisley and Northwest Sports Literacy Programs, seek to connect sports and literacy in meaningful ways.

Promote Community

The Skip Prosser Literacy Program is a university/community collaboration between the Wake Forest Department of Education, Wake Forest Athletics, Wake Forest Basketball, and Wake Forest Student-Athlete Advisory Committee with support from Wake Forest Office of Civic and Community Engagement, ZSR Library, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and the Winston-Salem based literary nonprofit Bookmarks.

Empower Leaders

The Skip Prosser Literacy Program aspires to offer meaningful leadership opportunities for Wake Forest students. The Ambassador program allows Wake Forest students to act as role models for fourth grade readers from the local schools. Additionally, internship opportunities empower WFU students to grow as learners and leaders while exploring professional interests and maximizing personal areas of strength.