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Our Programs

 

Group Mentoring

Group Mentoring is a new program for the 4C Coalition that is based upon a familiar idea. We believe the group dynamic will help address the shortage of male mentors — an unavoidable result of our firm and necessary policy that the one-one-one mentoring relationship be gender matched between mentor and mentee.

We fear the tragic consequences for society when insufficient numbers of men sign up for the mentorship role, while a large number of youth boys await mentors. Particularly when the wait exceeds a youth’s ability to hang on and resist other influences.

We must address these critical issues:

  • A disproportionate number of youth we serve are African American males who more readily form a trusting bond with African American mentors.
  • Despite our targeted effort to recruit African American men as mentors, few men volunteer to mentor our at-risk youth.
  • Adults who volunteer as mentors appear statistically in this numeric order (highest to lowest):
    1. White women
    2. Women of color
    3. White men
    4. Men of color

SYVPI Group Mentoring Schedule

Paired to work in tandem with the SYVPI criteria (listed above) and focussed on a group dynamic.

  • Youth attends a weekly group session, based on his/her geographic locale:
  • Every Tuesday  Located in Central Seattle
  • Every Wednesday   Located in Southeast Seattle
  • Every Thursday  — Located in Southwest Seattle
  • Group sessions utilize the PEN OR PENCIL mentoring curriculum which blends history, social studies, civic education, economic and service learning standards.
  • Mentors seek to inspire critical thinking, life skills development, and youth activism — encouraging youth to choose the road away from incarceration and toward higher education.

PEN OR PENCIL (POP) Group Mentoring in Central Seattle

Through POP, social action strategies evolve from the stories and exemplary courage of lesser-known as well as widely recognized participants of the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement. The goal is to inform and inspire a modern youth movement of engaged planners, leaders, and decision makers.

  • Serving youth ages 12-17
  • Youth attends a group session every other Tuesday, located in Central Seattle.
  • Group Sessions use the PEN OR PENCIL mentoring curriculum.
  • Mentors seek to inspire critical thinking, life skills development, and youth activism — encouraging youth to choose the road away from incarceration and toward higher education.

Roving Mentor Program

The Roving Mentor program offers positive mentoring support for youth; it is based upon mutual respect and the desire to promote success and personal growth. The Roving Mentor is a highly trained mentor who commits to working outside the boundaries of the traditional mentor setting. Roving Mentors connect with the people where they are — in the park, on the street, or with peers.

  • Serving youth ages 18-24
  • Men and women gather in gender-specific, coordinated groups to share their pain and coping strategies for recovery in Wellness & Mentoring Circles.
  • The youth/young adults engage in activities that break down barriers they may face in the future as the mentors speak to the young person’s strengths, talents, and interests.

The 4C Mentor Programs follow the JRA Mentor Model

King County Juvenile Court

Program in partnership with the court system, serving youths of color who suffer with issues such as substance abuse, emotional & mental despair, crime involvement, and poverty.

  • Serving youth ages 13-18
  • Geared toward youths who are 4 to 6 months from completing probation and have been assessed as at risk to re-offend.
  • Youths are matched one-on-one with a mentor who helps them explore and execute alternatives to destructive behaviors.
  • The mentor acts as a role model and supports the youth as they navigate the court system, drug court, and return to the community.

SYVPI – Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

“The time has come for the city and the community to fundamentally change our overall strategy on preventing youth violence.” –Greg Nickels, Mayor of Seattle (2002-2009)

  • Serving youth ages 12-17
  • Targeting youth who live or attend school in Central, Southeast, and Southwest Seattle neighborhoods.
  • Youths are matched one-on-one with a mentor who helps them realize alternatives to destructive behaviors.
  • Mentors assist and encourage the mentee to fulfill the goals they have for: education, vocation and a drug- or alcohol-free lifestyle .