Learn about our Team and Culture

Our mission is to provide the student community with opportunities for achievement, enrichment and service in preparation for academic and personal success.

Welcome! This is our dedicated Team. Let us know how we can serve you or the student in your life.

National Recognition:

The Afterschool Alliance recently announced that our Betsey McFarland has been selected to serve as a 2016-2017 Afterschool Ambassador. She is one of just 15 leaders from across the nation chosen for the honor this year. Each Afterschool Ambassador will organize public events, communicate with elected officials and policy makers, and grow support for afterschool programs.

“We are thrilled that Betsey will serve as an Afterschool Ambassador this year,” said Afterschool Alliance Executive Director Jodi Grant. “She is a dedicated champion for quality afterschool and summer learning programs. I know she will mobilize business, community and faith leaders, lawmakers, educators, parents and others to increase resources for afterschool programs, which keep students safe, inspire them to learn and help working families. These programs offer hands-on learning opportunities, homework help, mentors, science and technology, access to healthy snacks and meals, sports and fitness, arts programming, civic engagement, and much more. I’m eager to work with Betsey to bring us closer to the day when no children or youth are unsupervised and at risk after the school day ends.”

“I am delighted to support the Afterschool Alliance’s work to increase resources for afterschool programs, here and around the country,” said McFarland. “In my 20 years working in this field, I’ve witnessed firsthand the many ways that afterschool programs give students opportunities to explore their interests and discover their passions, while giving parents the peace of mind that comes with knowing their children are safe and supervised, with engaging, educational activities, during the afternoons. I look forward to raising awareness and support for the out-of- school-time opportunities all students need.”

The Wade Edwards Foundation (WELL) is a unique afterschool program supporting the academic, career and college prep needs of area high school students. During the 2015-2016 school year the WELL served more than 900 students. The WELL has one location on Mary’s Street in Raleigh. In addition to tutoring, students at the WELL participate in youth development programs and community service opportunities and take advantage of summer workshops. The WELL is actively engaged in two collective impact efforts serving young people in Wake County: Youth Thrive and the Wake County Partnership for Post-Secondary Success.

The WELL values its many partnerships that help provide strong support to its student members. Most services are offered at no cost to participants. The WELL relies heavily on volunteers in the community. Each Ambassador will organize a major event for Lights On Afterschool, the Afterschool Alliance’s annual rally for afterschool, to be held on October 20 this year. Last year, 1 million people participated in some 8,000 Lights On Afterschool events across the United States and at U.S. military bases worldwide.

Betsey McFarland

Betsey McFarland

Executive Director
Contact Information

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-856-9233 x101

Get to know your WELL Team

In my downtime I like to: Spend time with my boys, enjoy nature and read
Favorite Food: Chinese and anything spicy
Favorite Animals: Owls and dogs
Favorite High School Subject: History
Least Favorite High School Subject: Physics
School: Rochester Institute of Technology (BS); University of Tampa (MA)
Meaningful Quote: "Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted." - Garrison Keillor

Rebekah Dixon

Rebekah Dixon

Academic Services Manager
Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 919-856-9355 x104

Get to know your WELL Team:

In my downtime I like to: listen to music, read, and relax with close friends and family
Favorite Food: Curry Chicken
Favorite Animal: White Tigers & Wolves
Favorite High School Subject: US & African American History
Least Favorite High School Subject: Anything that was SCIENCE
School: North Carolina State University
Meaningful Quote: "If my mind can conceive it. My heart can believe it. I know I can achieve it." ~Jesse Jackson

Shiona Caldwell

Shiona Caldwell

Academic Services Program Coordinator
Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Get to know your WELL Team:

In my downtime I like to: Spend time with my niece and nephew, read, workout and relax.
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Animal: Leopard
Favorite High School Subject: History (Civics)
Least Favorite High School Subject: Math
School:North Carolina State University
Meaningful Quote: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." -Nelson Mandela

Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace

Academic Services Tutor
Contact Information:

Email: [email protected]

Get to know your WELL Team:

In my downtime I like to: Meditate
Favorite Food: Carrots
Favorite Animal: Shark
Favorite High School Subject: History
Least Favorite High School Subject: Latin
School: North Carolina State University
Meaningful Quote: "When you lose, don’t lose the lesson." -Dalai Lama