The 4C Way

Founded in 1999, The 4C Coalition is a Seattle-area nonprofit offering evidenced-based programs that incorporate The Elements of Effective Practices for Mentoring. Youth in our programs are matched with mentors from a pool of conscientious adults who seek to share their hard-earned wisdom and engage with young people from a place of genuine interest and respect.

The 4C Mentoring Model is a win for both the mentee and the mentor. We recruit caring adults who long to give back to their communities–to share enriching experiences in a supportive, structured, and non-intimidating environment.

The 4C program follows these JRA mentor guidelines:

We follow the evaluated Juvenile Rehabilitation Administrative (JRA) Mentor Program model, evaluated and conducted by the Washington State Institute of Public Policy.

A mentor is a trusted adult who who completes a screening process and is same-gender matched to their mentee. The mentors volunteer to assist youth in setting and fulfilling educational and vocational goals. When needed, they also encourage and support youths who seek to live a drug- and crime-free lifestyle.

Aimed at developing the young person’s competence and character, a mentor is an adult who–along with a young person’s parents or guardians–provides support, counsel, friendship, reinforcement, and constructive examples of how to make choices that serve him or her. Mentors are good listeners who care and want to help young people discover strengths that are already present or which need a little cultivation.

Non-parental mentors often provide the only reliable means for socializing the adolescent into the values of the adult world versus the values of the Internet, Facebook, or teen-centered media.

Mentors are required to do all of the following:
  • Make a one-year commitment to the youth.
  • Complete an application screening process, including a questionnaire and personal interview to determine interests and personality.
  • Consent to a Washington State Patrol background check.
  • Complete a one-day, eight-hour mentor training program. (See below.)
  • Meet with the youth monthly during the last five to six months of the youth’s confinement, and write or call weekly.
  • Attend monthly 4C meetings to enhance mentoring skills.
  • Meet with the youth weekly once the youth returns to the community.


4C Mentor Training

4C Coalition mentors receive an initial one-day, eight-hour training session followed by ongoing mentor training which includes mentor mixers, workshops, and seminars. Our trained mentors make a one-year commitment to meet with their mentee at least four times a month.

Throughout the year, the mentoring program provides workshops and activities for project participants. The 4C Coalition also reaches out to parents, teachers, criminal justice professionals and others who have contact with our youth. Participants are recognized at an annual dinner.

The 4C Coalition sponsors Mentoring Sundays within a dozen local churches and participates in community festivals to recruit mentors.

Please consider becoming a mentor today! Click here to apply!