Kids Never Forget A Mentor

The Department of Social and Health Services is part of a coalition of community-based organizations across Washington that matches at-risk youth with adults who provide support in day-to-day living skills, school and employment.

Youth in mentoring programs typically have families affected by substance use disorder; are in in foster care; are in or have been released from juvenile rehabilitation facilities and/or have physical or mental health issues.

Mentors are trusted non-parental, adult friends who make a long-term commitment to provide consistent guidance and support to a youth.  Most commit to meeting weekly for a full school or calendar year or more.

All mentor volunteers are screened and trained to ensure youth safety and that they are qualified to provide the support needed to ensure an effective and healthy relationship.

Mentoring Works Washington is the umbrella organization for the state’s mentoring community.

Kids need mentors as never before

According to a 2004 Mentoring Report for Washington State, there are 240,000 youth in Washington who are at-risk and in need of mentoring from a caring adult. Only 20,000 (8 percent) have mentors.

Mentoring works

Research on youth mentoring programs show it can help youth develop positive attitudes toward school and about the future. It also can significantly improve   school attendance; make it less likely that a youth will begin using illegal drugs and improve the relationship youth have with their families.

You can be the one who makes the difference

Think back to your childhood and your teen years.

Who mentored you? Could you thank them by becoming a mentor?

Questions? Contact:

Tom Pennella,
Mentoring Administrator
Phone: 360-902-7797