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Need for male mentors
From the mentoring coordinator:
We are in great need of male mentors at Sealth. We have been short all along and then had several mentors drop on us. Please spread the word to your friends and co-workers. Given the last minute notice and the great need we have for male mentors, we are willing to be flexible with the schedule a bit. If you know of someone who would be a great mentor and could make at least part of the launch course, please send them my way. The launch course is this week (yikes!), Thursday, November 8th - Sunday, November 11th. We currently have 3 male mentors and need 3 more at the very least.

If any of the men on my friends list would consider mentoring this year, please let me know. I can't rave enough about how positive the experience has been for me.

Edited to add: If the women on my friends list would mention this to the men in their lives (significant others, brothers, sketchy pickups, etc.), I would also appreciate this.

Edited again to add: Could y'all ask around at your workplace too, even if you can't commit?

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geekalpha From: geekalpha Date: November 7th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Could you explain a bit of what Sealth is, the objective of the program, the people mentored, what responsibilities a mentor takes on, what qualifications are required for a mentor, and why men should consider it?

Not to be picky or anything, but other than the concept of mentoring, I'm not sure what I would be asking people to consider (or myself, for that matter).
gkr From: gkr Date: November 7th, 2007 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
The non-profit is Community for Youth (CfY). The program is called Steps Ahead. And the school is Chief Sealth. (Just to get the names all lined up.)

The program: Community for Youth runs its mentoring programs through the schools. It's a little more involved structurally than something like Big Brothers. Meetings are weekly, Thursday nights for Chief Sealth. One week every month is one on one time with the same student throughout the year. One week is a mentor training activity. One week is a group fun activity (basketball, roller blading, etc.) and one week is a group workshop on a topic. Topics are all ways to focus an and achieve goals, whatever goals the student has set for themselves. One week it might be something like overcoming one's reputation, another it would be dividing up goals into shorter terms goals, etc. They really value the community aspect of this. So it's more than just sending you off with a student. They try to get people to reinforce each other.

The commitment: Most folks are gone once in a while on a Thursday. Vacations and occasional business trips. If you're missing a meeting or two every month, it's probably not compatible with Steps Ahead. The commitment period is through the end of the school year (early June). If you mentor in subsequent years, you would likely be matched with the same student, but it's a year to year commitment. No commitment beyond the current school year.

The students: The students are from Chief Sealth HS. CfY basically runs programs in the three high schools with the highest dropout rates in the city: Rainier Beach, Cleveland, and Chief Sealth. Rainier Beach and Cleveland have already matched up this year I believe. They look for students who are most at risk. They also try get kids who aren't gonna have to be dragged kicking and screaming into it (e.g., the parents are making 'em do it). They definitely aren't trying to recruit the cream of the crop though. Expect some kids who have had a really rough time.

Kick-off and matching: The kick-off is this weekend (which is why the cancellations are really mucking things up). It's a 3.5 day retreat (called the "launch course") starting Thursday afternoon to get everyone to know each other. But they are in dire need so if someone can't make it til Friday, the coordinator will work arrange something. The launch course is designed to do a couple of things: get the students to open up and be willing to consider new ideas, and watch the students interact with mentors. Afterward, students and mentors rank who they would like to be matched with (i.e. top 3). The program manager then matches folks up based on those lists, and the matches would be revealed next Thursday.

Anything else I can answer? (Oh yeah, they will run a background check on mentors to make sure there aren't any molesters in the bunch.)
gkr From: gkr Date: November 7th, 2007 09:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Some info can be found at: http://www.communityforyouth.org/

But they don't cover this in as much detail as I did here.
efebruary From: efebruary Date: November 7th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
every time you post this, I wish I was a guy.
gkr From: gkr Date: November 7th, 2007 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
They do need women mentors, just not for this year at this point.
efebruary From: efebruary Date: November 7th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
keep me posted...
I think it would be a good thing for all involved.
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