Community Members Helping Kids Succeed
The Mentors We Seek
The mentor is the committed, caring adult who is there to listen, not to assess the youth’s behavior or document the session. The mentor gets to hear the spontaneous account of a youth’s challenges and doubts and to celebrate the victories — a good grade, a relationship breakthrough, another day of sobriety.
- Among the many positive and innovative practices developed to help at-risk young people, mentoring has shown to be the most effective factor in changing lives.
The mentor is a trusted guide, coach, and friend who assists and encourages youth to fulfill goals they have set for:
- Drug- and/or alcohol-free lifestyle
Who Needs Mentors?
The simple answer? All children need mentors.
Who we serve at The 4C Coalition:
- Kids from struggling families
- Kids who need extra help with school
- Kids trying to figure out their place in the world
Mentoring has statistical promise* to provide one additional protective factor to our youth: a positive non-family adult. This additional adult influencer in conjunction with evidenced-based treatment may further decrease recidivism and prevent youths from falling deeper into the system.
Mentoring – The Current Situation
There is an alarming rise in the number of youth in need and in crisis. Many lack of sufficient housing and food, and attend low-preforming schools without adult guidance and support. In King County, about one-third of youth are youths of color, but two-thirds of all individuals booked in county juvenile detention in 2012 were youth of color. Of this, 40 percent of the youths were African American and almost 14 percent were Latino.
We are at a crossroad. We must fix this situation. As a community, we need to harness resources and pledge a higher degree of commitment to our struggling youths.
How Did We Get Here?
- Broken families
- Lack of role models
- Acceptance of crime
- Media influence
Mentoring Offers a Solution
- Young people are paired with caring individuals who offer guidance, support and encouragement.
- The mentor-mentee match provides a structured, trusting relationship.
- Mentor programs help develop a young person’s competence, confidence, and character.
The 4C Mentoring is not as a program to solve a problem, but as a process to provide possibilities.
We are committed to changing the lives of youth who enter our doors. Research shows mentoring programs have:
- Reduced first-time drug use by almost half
- Cut first-time alcohol use by one-third
- Cut school absenteeism by half
- Improved family and peer relationships
- Increased student’s confidence in school