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In 2014, the College LAUNCH for Leadership Program was founded on the pillars of college preparation, social consciousness, and leadership development. By exposing our Scholars to various careers and conversations pertaining to academic excellence, equitable rights, and influential leadership they will be equipped to serve humanity as they pursue their individual goals. The program is delivered via monthly Saturday Summits from September to May, in addition to ongoing impactful mentorship and guidance for all Scholars and Alumni.

Wake Forest University’s Pre-College Programs allows high school students the opportunity to explore their interests, pursue their passions, and experience Wake Forest University before college.

Our Mission

The College LAUNCH for Leadership Program uplifts students by preparing them for college, empowering their social consciousness, and developing skills for courageous leadership. By cultivating academic curiosity, Scholars discover their potential and impact their community as catalysts for change.
College LAUNCH YLEB members demonstrate the Origin of Things speech during a Saturday Summit.

Saturday Summits

Monthly events where LAUNCH Scholars participate in college preparation workshops, community service, and develop their social justice advocacy skills.

A few Saturday Summits are special events such as MEDucation day, where Scholars participate in hands-on labs at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Discover Wake Forest Day where they’ll tour Wake Forest and attend a special admissions information session.

College LAUNCH Scholar creates a handprint during a Saturday Summit community building activity.


Youth Participatory Action Research

As an active LAUNCH Scholar, students have the opportunity to choose a social justice issue they feel passionate about and work in groups to research and partner with local organizations to provide solutions to their issue.

Students present their YPAR projects at their LAUNCH graduation ceremony.

College LAUNCH alumni and YLEB members volunteering at a Saturday Summit.


The LAUNCH program supports an alumni network of over 550 students.

Alumni remain involved in the LAUNCH community while participating on YLEB as a mentor to current LAUNCH Scholars, speaking during alumni panels, and attending additional college prep workshops hosted by Pre-College staff.

College LAUNCH Next Steps

Prospective Students

Community Partners

College LAUNCH inspires students to

Learn. Achieve. Understand. Network. Commit. Help.