Youth Leaders Mentorship Program

Mentoring is at the heart of the services we provide because we know that the best way to provide youth with a hand up is by providing them with the tools, skills and support they lack to become productive and thriving adult members of our society. 

 Mentoring provides youth with mentors who can develop an emotional bond with the mentee, have greater experience than the mentee, and can provide support, guidance, and opportunities to help youth succeed in life and meet their goals.

Our expectation measurement is that 150 youth will participate annually, and 80% of these mentees will complete the six-stage plan. This goal will be measured by attendance logs for each session.

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 Mentors and mentees are matched so that mentors can focus their full attention on one youth and build a trusting relationship. 

Volunteer to become a Mentor today. Are you a college student, Doctor, Lawyers, Rotarians Local artists, musicians, Church members, Outdoorsmen, or a  teacher, or have a heart of compassion for youth? 


We need your expertise, your experience to share, giving life changing opportunities.  



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Studies also show that youth who overcome personal, economic or social challenges and achieve academically often do so because of a caring adult; mindful of this, our Mentoring Program in Thurston County matches homeless street youth with caring mentors who provide long-term support for these youth. 

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Our Goals are to provide mentors, and role models to promote stable relationships and trust between counselors and youth.

To accelerate the academic, career, and personal development of all participants.

To provide homeless youth and young adults with a second chance at a life without exploitation, impoverishment, and fear.  Perhaps most importantly, – a warm and safe welcome.

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What Are The Benefits For A Youth


  • enhanced self-esteem and self-confidence

  • higher educational enrollment rates aspirations

  • improved interpersonal skills

  • decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use

Adults Who Act As Mentors

  • young adults ages 18 to 24 and middle-aged adults ages 35 to 54 had the highest rates for mentoring young people.

  • adults with higher levels of education are more likely to become mentors than adults with high school diplomas or less.

  • thirty-seven percent of adults who worked part time  participated in mentoring youth, compared to 32 percent of adults working full time and 22 percent of adults who were unemployed

Your Roles As A Mentor

  • a supporter or cheerleader,

  • a policy enforcer

  • an advocate, and/or

  • a friend

  • formal and Informal mentoring relationships

  • focus of the Mentoring Relationship

  • role model

  • vary greatly depending on the type, focus, structure, and participants

Challenges From Mentoring

  • mentor/mentee expected more from the relationship

  •  boundaries of the relationship were not clear

  •  mentee not being at agreed scheduled location

  •  mentee may require five hours a week

  •  difficulties in establishing trust

  •  inconsistent commitment and persistence

  •  Cultural and personal gaps