SAY Village

SAY Village

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Location: Syme Hall

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Enjoy working with children? Looking to make a difference in your community? Interested in making life-long friendships during your first semester of college? If so, the Students Advocating for Youth Village (SAY Village) is just the place for you as a first-year student!

Located in Syme Hall, SAY Village provides the chance for students to live, learn and apply what they learn in a real-world setting. Whether your career goal is to become a teacher, doctor, psychologist, engineer, park ranger, entrepreneur, graphic designer or anything else – SAY Village will provide valuable experiences and interactions. We are looking for students from all backgrounds and all majors with an interest in contributing to the community, university and lives of younger, underserved children.

What does it mean to live in the SAY Village and be a Youth Advocate? Students living in the Village enjoy the close-knit Syme community along with the many group activities and programs offered. Each student will also become a youth advocate and develop a year-long mentoring relationship with a selected "mentee." Working with three local elementary schools, SAY Village students are paired with a 4th or 5th grade student (mentee). SAY Village participants work with their designated mentee once a week to help them develop life skills and build upon their potential.

Many students enjoy their first-year SAY Village experience so much that they choose to return as second-year students! To serve our second-year participants, we offer the "Determined Area Youth" (DAY) program, in which participants assist middle school students to develop self-advocacy skills.

Located across the street from the College of Education's Poe Hall, Syme Hall and SAY Village are convenient to Hillsborough Street restaurants, Raleigh's Pullen Park and Clark Dining Hall. Syme Hall is a traditional hall-style residence hall with ample space to meet new friends. SAY Village students also receive the benefit of having Education Advisors, who are former SAY Village students employed to serve as resources and peer mentors. They live right on the hall!

Sound like fun? SAY Village is a great way to have fun while making friends and giving back to the community. Interested in joining SAY Village? Apply today. We'd love to have you live learn, and grow with us!

» Apply online now!

SAY Village is a partnership between the College of Education and University Housing.

Unique Community Features

  • Field experiences at local Wake County schools
  • A special class, ED 150 and ED 151, "Issues in Youth Advocacy" (1 credit each, all Village members participate)
  • One-on-one interaction with faculty in and out of the classroom
  • Access to the SAY Computer Lab in Syme Hall
  • Participation in Village service projects
  • Early move-in to Syme Hall in the fall semester (avoid the move-in rush!)
  • Fun Village social events
  • A caring and collaborative environment where you form friendships that will last a lifetime

Contact Information

Robin McWilliams
SAY Director
College of Education
Phone: (919) 513-0795

Regina Gavin
SAY Assistant Director
College of Education
Phone: (919) 513-2717

Veronica Cooley
Assistant Director, Northeast Campus
University Housing
Phone: (919) 515-8698