I've written a bunch about mentoring the last couple of years with Community for Youth's Steps Ahead and Steps Beyond programs at Chief Sealth High School. It's an awesome experience! Working with the students has been both the most frustrating and rewarding experience I've been through in that time.
Steps Ahead and Beyond is about setting and achieving goals and building healthy relationships. Community for Youth structures the program with workshops, group activities, and one-on-one activities. One aim is to build up a community of mentors to support each other while working with the kids. Because of that, you don't really need to feel like you have
something to offer to make it work. More than just being a person to hang out with, a friend, you get to be: a relentless commitment, a coach, a cheerleader, and an advocate.
The time commitment is a 4 day launch course, and one night a week through the end of the school year. Everything else can be done by pretty much anyone. You don't need to be able to tutor them in any subjects. You don't have to find them a job. But you have to make it to the scheduled events, or the student you are paired with is going to have a rough time.
Like I wrote though, it's been the most reward experience I've had in years. And I don't mean that in just the
assisting students make it way either. Both the mentors and the students will achieve goals and build healthy relationships.
So please sign up for an orientation to find out more! You aren't committing to participation for the year by doing the orientation. (Click on the picture!)