Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Mollie James, Executive Director
Primary Contact Name
Lisa Stewart
Main Address

809 Westmere Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28208
United States

What We Do

The MISSION of WAYFINDERS (formerly Bruce Irons Camp Fund) is to ignite students’ potential by expanding their confidence, connections, and horizons. We achieve this through summer camp experiences, year-round enrichment programs, and mentor relationships for self-motivated, underserved students. Our VISION is that every child, regardless of zip code, has access to transformative life experiences through camp, mentorship, and educational opportunities. Our CORE VALUES are that: - Every student possesses unique potential that must be identified, encouraged, and amplified. - Zip code and parental wealth should not decide children’s destinies. - Student support must be early, consistent, and ongoing. - Nature is a powerful teacher. - Adventure and achievement build confidence and courage. - Enriching summer experiences should not be a luxury. - Broadening a child’s social network expands their choices and aspirations. - Everyone needs a mentor to help them navigate their life. - Quality mentoring transforms both students and mentors. - Our students’ families are partners and allies who deserve our respect. - Diversity cultivates crucial understanding and empathy across differences. - Equity is year-round, long-term work that requires collaborative community partnerships.

Interesting Info
  • We have grown from sending 18 students to summer camp in 2006 to 160 in 2022.
  • We have a team of 130+ mentors who form positive relationships with our students and families.
  • 2022 was our 34th year of providing life-changing summer camp experiences to low-income CMS students.
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