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Mentors make a significant impact in the life of a child

Lidia Harding
Blog Success Stories Volunteer
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Mentoring doesn’t just impact the youth

Mirium was painfully shy and struggling in school before her mentor, Debra, came into her life.  She smiles brightly as she recalls some of the fun activities she and Debra have done, including horseback riding and an outing on a friend’s boat to see the hydroplane races. “I have fun,” she says.

“I get at least as much out of it as Mirium does,” said Debra. “I really love the changes I am seeing in her,” she added.

YES provides guidance every step of the way

The SUCCESS Mentoring Program is always looking for volunteers interested in making a difference in the life of a child. Currently, more than 10 youth, many of them boys, are on a waiting list to be matched with a mentor. Mentors of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

“All you need is a passion for helping youth in your community. No other experience is necessary!” says Julie Dubravetz, SUCCESS Mentoring Program Coordinator.

Many of the youth come from single-parent families, struggle emotionally and academically, and could really benefit from the extra guidance of another caring, non-judgmental adult.  The need is especially great now with many kids feeling very isolated due to months of remote learning.

Mentors and mentees spend time doing the things they both enjoy.  Some pairs are getting together in-person, being sure to take all the safety precautions to ensure everyone remains healthy, and some pairs are meeting virtually, while others are doing a combination of both.

Matt’s nervousness quickly turns into a fun experience

While at first all mentors and mentees are nervous, they soon relax and enjoy a positive and fun experience.

As a regular volunteer and former camp counselor, Matt was interested but worried whether he would know what to do.  After a year of being matched with Andrew, Matt says it feels very natural, “It’s just relationship building.”

“We get a lot of support from the YES staff and they help organize some fun activities to share,” said Matt.  Each mentor and mentee decide what works best for them and activities range from eating out, laser tag, theater, and visiting parks, to homework, video gaming, and just “hanging out.”

If you’re interested in mentoring youth, contact Julie Dubravetz at 425-747-4937 X 2810 or download the application on our SUCCESS Mentorship page.

“There’s a lot of joy awaiting you and your mentee,” said Julia.

Your engagement with YES ensures that local children and youth continue to receive high-quality behavioral health services and support programs. Volunteering, donating, attending an event — there are so many ways you can help struggling youth and families.

Many of our programs like SUCCESS Mentoring are only made possible by generous donations from supporters like you. Please consider making a donation to YES today to support behavioral health services for children, youth, and families, regardless of their ability to pay.

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