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Who We Are
The Piedmont Renewal Network exists to champion equality of opportunity in Winston-Salem. In a 2015 Harvard study, Forsyth County, North Carolina was implicated as having a seriously detrimental effect on economic mobility for low income families. Every year an impoverished child lives in Forsyth, his or her average adult income falls by a significant margin, making Forsyth County the most difficult county in which to escape child poverty in the United States (excluding only three Indian Reservations).¹

We exist to champion equality of opportunity by providing the highest quality education to the least fortunate children of Winston-Salem. Through excellent college preparatory programs, full tuition college scholarships, and long-term investment in entire families, we are creating a bridge of economic mobility for the vulnerable children of our city.

The Piedmont Renewal Network is partnering with low socioeconomic status schools in Winston-Salem, committing to award full tuition scholarships from local universities to students who successfully complete a rigorous, seven-year college preparatory program (from 6th to 12th grade) and meet the universities’ academic standards for enrollment. We will look to cultivate long-term relationships with students and their families, providing academic mentoring in math, language arts, and science. This support is designed to raise student GPAs, prepare them to excel on standardized tests, and ultimately lead to tuition-free education at local partner universities.

We believe that such extensive, targeted action is the best way to turn up the dial of upward mobility in Winston-Salem. By equipping the least fortunate students in our city for college — both academically and financially — we can prepare the next generation in Winston-Salem for the jobs of tomorrow, lifting them out of the mire of immobility.

Our Vision

We envision a future in which effort and giftedness, not ethnicity and economic background, form the destinies of children born in Winston-Salem.

¹ Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren. “Data from Chetty and Hendren (2015): Causal Effects, Mobility Estimates and Covariates by County, CZ and Birth Cohort.” Equality of Opportunity, Harvard University. 2015, http://www.equality-of-opportunity.org/index.php/data.