College Student Volunteers Attend Etiquette Training in Greensboro

August 17, 2011

ELON July 29, 2011 – NC Campus Compact Summer Associate AmeriCorps*VISTA and Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Nonprofit Interns celebrated their summer long experiences with a training and presentation July 28.  Hosted by Undercurrent Restaurant in downtown Greensboro, interns dined on “challenging” food and received etiquette-training (“How DO you eat asparagus?”) from Jill Slatter, manager of Replacements Limited in Greensboro.  Summer Associates concluded the day with presentations about their community impact and accomplishments as summer volunteers.

As manager at Replacements Ltd., Slatter hosts etiquette trainings at the store.  She highlighted etiquette for interview luncheons and professional meetings, focusing on placement and use of flatware, proper times to begin dining, and transitioning from college to the work world.  Undercurrent manager and owner, Ben Roberts, selected food items that could pose a challenge at a professional event.

NC Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates volunteered fulltime at their college campuses this summer.  Based at UNC Charlotte, Elon University, East Carolina University and Virginia Tech, they assisted campuses with K-12
mentoring and tutoring initiatives housed at local non-profits. Six Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Nonprofit Summer Interns, who also spent the summer working with some of the Foundation’s grantees, also participated in the July 28 event.

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation believes that it is important for college students to have summer internships in the nonprofit sector in order to provide a pathway to future employment in the sector and to increase the training ground for the next generation of underrepresented nonprofit leaders. This was the Foundation’s first year doing the program and 19 of its grantees participated.

The NC Campus Compact Summer Associates program was founded in 2009. First generation college students work fulltime in campus programs addressing the needs of disadvantaged youth or under-represented college students.  As they work, they learn
skills that will contribute to their continued success in college while preparing them for the workforce.

“After three summers of offering the Summer Associate program, almost 100% have continued in college,” said Lisa Keyne, Executive Director of NC Campus Compact. “Partners such as Replacements, Ltd., and Undercurrent Restaurant ensure broad exposure to skills necessary for success in college and the workplace.”