Many of the experiences and learning opportunities that shape a child’s life occur outside of the classroom in our communities. Science tells us that children develop the individual capabilities they need to overcome challenges through growth-promoting experiences and connections with caring and competent adults.
Children and youth need a community of caring adults to help them recognize their potential, identify their excellence, and envision their future.
Through the CLA and Mentoring workgroup, we work with formal and informal mentors, teachers, and other caring adults to build their skills and
capacity so they can help children recognize their potential and identify their excellence.
RISE Relational Mentor Training and Community of Practice
In 2021, Kitsap Strong in partnership with XParenting, offered Relational Mentor training and a community
of practice to empower participants with the skills and confidence to help children cope with the stress
of the COVID-19 pandemic and social isolation. The R.I.S.E. (Relational, Integrative, Supportive,
Experiences) Philosophy of Care was created by XP founder Tiffany Sudela-Junker, and is a result of her
own parenting transformation, extensive experience and long standing work supporting caregivers,
educators, community members and youth as an advocate, educator and coach. XP provides training for
communities, educators, caregivers, law enforcement, organizations, helping professionals and leaders
on understanding, integrating the R.I.S.E. Philosophy of Care, a framework for responding to the highly
sensitized nervous system, implementing compassionate, trauma informed care, intentionally building hope and resilience through positive memory building experiences and creating relationally rich, biologically respectful, self-healing communities.
Application for 2022 cohorts open now! Learn more.
Kitsap County Mentor Program Directory
Submit this form if you'd like to see your mentor program included?