Members of the Pierce County Mentoring Partnership have an urgent need for caring adults to become mentors. Research shows that youth who have mentors in their lives do better in school, are less likely to get involved with the juvenile justice system and have better peer relationships. More than 300 youth in Pierce County are waiting for someone like you to be in their lives.
Below are three profiles of young people who need someone to take an active interest in their lives. All mentoring programs in Pierce County are in need, so please consider making the rewarding choice to become a mentor and pass this information on to your family and friends.
- Communities in Schools of Lakewood (CISL) is looking for a male mentor. Stacie Hurlow, counselor at Lochburn Middle School, has asked CISL to find a positive role model to meet once a week around the lunch hour with a 7th grade student who lives with his mother. He is passionate about basketball, music, movies and football. His favorite class is science, and he likes to play games and talk to people. Contact Dave O’Keeffe or Christina Klas at 589-7489 to have an application e-mailed to you.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound is seeking a mentor for a “cool” 5th grade boy who attends Maplewood Elementary in Puyallup. He is 10 years old, an only child and lives in a single-parent household. He enjoys video games and most sports, but his favorite is football. He is athletic and would like to be matched with someone who is outgoing, positive and active. He has a hard time completing his school work, so someone dedicated to education would be beneficial to him. If you would like to mentor this Little Brother for one hour a week, call Mikah Smith at 253-396-9630 x331 or visit www.bbbs.org/pugetsound.
- Amy is a 19-year-old graduate who has taken years of American Sign language classes. With a heart that really cares for people and attention to detail, she was told she could do this as a career. Since she aged out of foster care she needs an educational mentor to help her continue in schooling for sign language and help her learn about how to become a medical ASL translator. For more information, contact the Foster Care to College Program at 253-502-5435 or email@example.com.
The Pierce County Mentoring Partnership is a committee of the Alliance for Youth of Pierce County. Mentoring programs that operate in Pierce County get together monthly to share best practices, recruit jointly and make sure programs are strong. If you would like more information about the Pierce County Mentoring Partnership or the Alliance for Youth, contact Debbie Lewis.
Members of the Pierce County Mentoring Partnership include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, Communities in Schools of Lakewood, Foster Care to College, Volunteers of America Western Washington, Northwest Leadership Foundation, Communities in Schools of Orting, World Vision, Lakewood’s Promise, Washington State Mentors and 4-H.
Submitted by Doug Baxter
Program Coordinator – Pierce County
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound