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Mentorship Workgroup 

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?

Community Learning Internship

Contact

Megan Burton

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Program Description

The Community Learning Internship is a paid 360-hour employment opportunity for young adults ages 16-25 at the Library. Interns gain practical work experience, explore career options and develop an interest-based project in a supportive environment. The Library works directly with community partners including WorkSource’s Pathways to Success and career centers at schools to recruit for this program.

Population Served

Young Adult (18-25)

Frequency of Mentor meetings

Over a 100 hour period, usually 6 months each

Location of Mentoring

Community Based, Site Based

Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program

Contact

Abby Shade, Americorps VISTA - 253 Impact Coordinator

Program Description

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound creates meaningful 1-1 mentoring relationships between adult volunteer mentors and kids ages 6 through 18. We serve youth in Kitsap, King and Pierce counties. Our Mission: To create and support 1-to-1 mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. If you are interested in enrolling either as a Mentor "Big" or Mentee "Little", please apply online through our website at www.inspirebig.org

Population Served

Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Young Adult (18-25), Adult

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the entire year

Location of Mentoring

Community Based

West Sound YFC

Contact

360.779.9929

Program Description

West Sound Youth For Christ seeks community transformation through holistic and relational outreach to kids and families of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Our mission is to reach young people, ages 11-19, across Kitsap and North Mason Counties. Working together with the local church and other like-minded partners, we Engage young people in healthy relationships; Equip them with skills to live a balanced life - physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually; and Empower them to become committed to community engagement, social involvement and sharing the love of Jesus with those around them.

Each month, throughout Kitsap and North Mason Counties, West Sound Youth For Christ engages with over 2,100 kids in schools, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts. Whether at the skate park, the detention center or coaching a teen mom through the struggles of parenting, Youth For Christ staff and volunteers show the love of Christ in tangible ways. While our faith motivates us to action, our programs are open to young people of all backgrounds and beliefs.

Population Served

Middle School, High School

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the entire year

Location of Mentoring

School Based, Community Based, Site Based

Empowering Youth Mentor Program

Contact

Robin Carson

360.990.9191

Program Description

The Empowering Youth Mentor Program is a community-based one-to-one mentoring program that matches volunteer mentors with mentees ages 8-21.
Mentees are matched with trained mentors based on common interests and location. Mentors serve as positive role models and provide friendship and support for youth who are referred by professionals working in the juvenile justice system, schools and social services.

Population Served

Elementary School, Middle School, High School

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the entire year

Location of Mentoring

Community Based, Virtual

GBHU - Gods Broken Home University

Contact

Chandon Tupai

360.649.4749

Program Description

Gang-intervention & Prevention program / Youth Mentorship program / Homeless (Youth) Advocacy

Population Served

Middle School, High School, Young Adult (18-25), Adult

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the entire year

Location of Mentoring

Community Based

Partnering Hope at The Coffee Oasis

Contact

Sheryl Piercy

360.377.5560

Program Description

Come alongside a youth in case management to encourage them, help them accomplish their goals, and see them thrive as an individual.
Requirements: 100/300 car insurance for transportation (if applicable)
Proven experience connecting with youth
Completion of Mentor Training Session
In a stable place in life
Maintains healthy boundaries
Time commitment: 1 hr per week for a minimum of 6 months.

Population Served

High School, Young Adult (18-25)

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the entire year

Location of Mentoring

Community Based, Site Based

Our Girls Empowered through Mentoring and Service

Contact

Harriette Bryant

Program Description

OurGEMS participants engage in specific activities designed to: increase perseverance and critical thinking skills; assist in setting and achieving academic and career goals; strengthen sisterhood bonds; and increase awareness of the beauty and strength girls possess.

Population Served

Elementary School, Middle School, High School, Young Adult (18-25), Adult

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the school year, Special events throughout the year

Location of Mentoring

School Based, Community Based

Program Website

Washington Youth Academy

Contact

Tari Pierce

360.473.2614

Program Description

The Washington Youth Academy is a quasi-military training and mentoring program for at-risk youth. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance to become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential. 16 to 18 year old teens, that are looking for a second chance to get back on track academically, are looking for mentors from across the state of Washington that will provide emotional support, advice and guidance to help them stay focused on their goals.

Population Served

High School

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the entire year

Location of Mentoring

School Based, Community Based, Site Based

Kitsap County 4-H

Contact

Sheila Jernigan

360.228.7309

Program Description

4-H is the nation's largest youth organization where kids learn through fun, hands-on projects in STEM, healthy living, agriculture and civic engagement.

Population Served

Elementary School, Middle School, High School

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the entire year

Location of Mentoring

School Based, Community Based, Site Based

RISE Mentoring (House of Hope)

Contact

Harriett Banks

253.649.4754

Program Description

We serve and mentor pregnant and mothering young women 22 years and below.

Population Served

Elementary, Middle, High, and Young Adult (18-25)

Frequency of Mentor meetings

Monthly during the entire year

Location of Mentoring

Community based

Girls on the Run of WestSound

Contact

Leslie Hughes

360.621.4855

Program Description

At Girls on the Run, we believe that every girl is full of power and potential and we inspire her to recognize her inner strength and celebrate what makes her one of a kind! Over the course of the 10-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness in a fun, encouraging environment. The season ends with the girls positively impacting their community through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory, non-competitive 5k event. Girls on the Run is for girls of all physical abilities!

Population Served

Elementary School, Middle School

Frequency of Mentor meetings

Our season runs from late Feb through late May

Location of Mentoring

School Based, Site Based

Central Kitsap School District Mentor Program

Contact

Julie Svenson-Garcia

360.662.8700

Program Description

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a student? Do you have an hour a week? If so, mentoring is for you! No experience is necessary. We have opportunities for adult and teen mentors in our schools.

Population Served

Elementary School, Middle School, High School

Frequency of Mentor meetings

During the school year

Location of Mentoring

School Based