Brave Foundations About Us


Who We Are

Brave Foundations is a volunteer based organization that sponsors and supports the development and enhancement of education, self sufficiency, and well-being within our region. Literacy, though, can also refer to financial literacy, information literacy, civic literacy, digital and media literacy, and many more. This focus on supporting a multitude of literacies allows Brave Foundations to create an environment for critical thinking — for our volunteers and those involved in our programming. Check out our Brave Foundations webpage for videos and resources related to STEAM, reading, youth and adult life skills, civics and culture, health and wellness, and sustainability.

We advocate the idea of literacy as a process of learning, as being personal, caring, reciprocal, community based, and ongoing. We accomplish this through specific programs as listed below:

Youth Literacy Program

Brave Foundations is dedicated to meeting needs in local elementary schools and after school programs, offering mentors and volunteers to support students in their setting. These partnerships allow UNCP students to develop skills, build relationships, and develop a civic mindset through service. Student Service Leaders, mentors, and volunteers all work continuously to create positive change in our youth aged population.

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Adult Literacy Program 

Brave Foundations and the CARE Center support the Adult Literacy Program, designed to assist adults in making decisions that can improve their way of live and enhance their self sufficiency . Not only does it focus on financial security, it focuses on health and wellness. Topics include budgeting and money management, public and safety awareness, stress management, health and wellness, effective communication and so much more. Those who attend the workshop will receive a voucher to the CARE Resource Center.


Professional Development & Other Programming

Brave Foundations can offer support in professional development for UNCP Faculty and local teachers in their efforts to creatively engage with literacy initiatives. We also seek to create programs based on the needs in the community and on campus. 


Kevin Melvin | AmeriCorps Afterschool Vista | | 910.775.4775

Sandy Jacobs | Associate Director for Service-Learning | | 910.775.4598