The Best SELF (Supportive Enrichment and Learning for Families) program provides a comprehensive support and enrichment structure with a focus on academic achievement with the overarching goals are to:
- Increase high school graduation rates
- Enhance college preparedness
- Elevate student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields
Through a collaboration that includes CERTL, Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Family Medicine, BestHealth for Us and Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity, students are provided with a variety of opportunities. These include weekly academic tutoring with medical students, academic counseling on a quarterly basis, experiential field trips to Wake Forest School of Medicine to learn about STEM-related career paths and a two-week summer enrichment program that addresses core academic subjects combined with healthy activities to promote wellness, nutrition and fitness.
Parents and guardians participate in BestHealth for Us wellness initiatives including weight management, disease prevention, stress management and life-coaching programs. They also meet quarterly with program staff for updates on their child’s progress in the program and to develop and implement personalized enrichment plans.