Mentoring Matters

  • Written by Heather Downing | Youth Success! Mentoring Program Coordinator
“It doesn’t get any better than knowing that what you are doing for a child is actually making a positive difference in their life.  It is a beautiful thing to see the positive changes unfolding right in front of you as they begin to realize that they do matter and that they are worthy of happiness and friendship. One of my favorite parts of my week is seeing my mentee.”
What happens when you’re a child and you feel you don’t matter?  We all want to feel that we are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and that we matter to those around us. Mentoring fills this critical need and lets a young person know they are not alone and that someone cares. Research shows the powerful positive effects on a young person’s personal academic and community situation that result from a quality mentoring relationship.
You can make this kind of difference in a child’s life.  We are looking for volunteers for Youth Success Mentoring (YSM), an in-school volunteer mentoring program that pairs caring community members with students in the Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley School Districts. YSM volunteers work with the same student one-to-one, 30-45 minutes a week during the school year.  Volunteers don’t volunteer in the same school their child attends but can volunteer in their district. YSM volunteers are positive role models who build a friendship with their student mentee and support social and emotional skills. Once students are recommended for the program, YSM works with the school and volunteer to make the best match for the student and the volunteer.
Imagine how we can improve our community if we all work together!  Less than one hour a week during the school year is all it takes to show a child that they matter and that they are not alone in their day-to-day challenges.  Anyone who has a desire to help a child can be a mentor.
Spread the word about the Snoqualmie Valley Community Network YSM program and help share the hope of change.  It could start with you!

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