School-Based Mentoring

Communities In Schools of Federal Way mentoring program recruits volunteer mentors from our community and matches them with a student who could benefit from having a consistent, caring adult role-model in their life.  Mentors support young people through their formative years and provide guidance and encouragement through life’s challenges.  Mentor relationships provide stability when a student’s home or school life may be in turmoil, and are key to helping young people stay engaged in school.

Since the start of our school-based volunteer mentoring program in 2006, Communities In Schools of Federal Way has matched over 500 students with a caring adult.  While the commitment is only one school year, our average match duration is 3 years, with our longest matches having been together for 7.5 years!


The Mentor’s Role: The Mentor’s main purpose is to be a consistent caring adult. By sharing fun activities and exposing the student to new ideas, Mentors encourage positive choices, promote self-esteem and support academic achievement.

Who We Support: The program focuses on students who could benefit from extra attention and encouragement. These students may exhibit risk factors for dropping out of school such as poverty, failing grades, absenteeism, high mobility, disengagement from school or low self-esteem.

Become Involved: There are many students currently waiting for a Mentor. If you are ready to spend 1 hour a week to bring consistency, support and stability to make a lasting difference in a student’s life, you can sign up by clicking on the link below and filling out our volunteer interest form.

Yes! I am interested in learning more about becoming a mentor.

FAQ

What is the time commitment?
Students are mentored once a week for 1 hour during the school-day. We also ask for at least a 1-year commitment to provide consistency for the student.

When can I sign up to mentor?
You can begin mentoring a student any time during the school year before spring break.

Can I choose the school I want to be assigned to?
Yes, you can choose from the 7 middle schools and 4 high schools that we serve in Federal Way.

What time of the day will I meet with my mentee?
You can meet anytime during the school day that works for both you and the student.

Given it’s a 1-year commitment, what about vacations, etc.?
We understand there will be times you will need to miss a weekly session, all we ask is that you communicate with us.

One hour a week is all it takes to make a difference in the life of a child!

 

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