SUCCESS Mentoring works to help struggling youth thrive socially and academically by pairing them with adult mentors who provide support. The program fosters long-term relationships between mentors and mentees with the aim of helping participants overcome personal and family problems, stay in school, increase their academic achievement and motivation, improve their decision-making skills and increase their sense of self-worth.
Questions? Contact David Nguyen at 425-747-4937 x 2810
The program is ideal for children and youth, age six to eighteen, who live in East King County and come from single-parent households, are at-risk for academic failure, or have received disciplinary actions. They do not need to be clients of YES.
Mentors must be 21 years or older, but you do not need any experience with youth to become a SUCCESS mentor! SUCCESS mentors receive quality training, weekly support, and encouragement as they build a trusting friendship with their mentee. SUCCESS welcomes mentors who are young professionals, retirees or are people who have raised a family and want to give back. All mentors are thoroughly screened and go through an interview process, and intensive training.
A Match is Made
YES pairs mentors with youth based on gender, culture, interests, availability and location. Mentors and mentees commit to spending 2-4 hours a week together for at least one year. The pair build a strong friendship by doing the kind of things they both already enjoy – hiking, shopping, eating pizza, playing games, visiting sporting events, and many more! YES organizes free activities and events, such as movie nights, crafts, back-to-school backpack drive and more! Mentors also emphasize academics by assisting with homework and skill-building on a regular basis.
Over the course of the past two decades; more than 3,000 children have been positively influenced and enriched by the program. Mentees report:
- 83% being able to confide in a non-parental adult
- 78% an increase in their knowledge and application of conflict resolution skills
- 100% maintain or increase their involvement in pro-social activities
- 100% successfully complete their current grade level