Partnering for Greater Results
These partner organizations help recruit mentors, complete background checks, train and match mentors with youth. Screened, trained mentors are referred to local agencies who match them with young black males in existing mentoring programs. Local mentoring agencies enroll adults already in their mentoring pools into Seattle CARES’ mentor training program.
Mentoring Agency Partners
Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement is proud to partner with the City of Seattle and other mentoring organizations.
City of Seattle
Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning fully supports the Our Best: Black Male Achievement Mentoring initiative. Thanks to the city’s vision, leadership, commitment and collaborative strategies, together we can attain what’s never been achieved in Seattle before: Dismantling racial disparities, removing barriers to equality, and transforming systems that adversely affect our most marginalized communities.
We’ve received funding from King County’s Best Starts for Kids for several years to support our Rising programs at Denny International and Meany middle schools, as well as the Family Connections Initiative. Together, we’ve been working to achieve better health and well-being for our children, youth, families and communities.
Founded in 1999, the 4C Coalition is a Seattle-area nonprofit focused on mentoring youth. Participating youth are matched with adult mentors who share their hard-earned wisdom and engage with young people from a place of genuine interest and respect. The 4C Mentoring Model enables adults to give back to their community and allows young persons to profit from their guidance in a supportive, structured, non-intimidating environment.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., in 1906 by seven men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The fraternity develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, and provides service through its 686 active chapters.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped children succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters matches adult volunteers with children ages 6 through 18, developing relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on young people.
The Breakfast Group is the oldest, nonprofit, non-fraternity service organization of African American business and professional men in the Northwest. The group, active for more than 40 years, mentors at-risk youth of color with a focus on assisting Black males with completing secondary education and going on to higher education or employment after high school. .
Brothers United In Leadership Development is an organization that works to affect real change in our community. Its goal is to empower black men to be leaders and mentors in their community and to help them grow by instilling in them pride, hope and perseverance.
City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. The goal is to increase graduation rates across the country and change the lives of students. Comprised of business professionals, community leaders and alumni, the organization is committed to helping students who are at risk stay on track to graduate on time.
Glover Empower Mentoring Program
G.E.M. is a community-based organization for youth and young adults in and around Kent, Wash., and South King County. Working with the City of Kent, King County and various local agencies, the program provides mentoring, academic tutoring and life skills. Participation in G.E.M. increases the likelihood of regular school attendance and academic achievement and decreases the chances of engaging in self-destructive and negative behavior.
M.U.S.T. recruits responsible African American men in their 20s to help kids overcome generational cycles of poverty through long-term mentoring and positive male role models. The organization pairs men who grew up in difficult environments and who want to pursue higher education with a young person in danger of dropping out of high school. M.U.S.T. mentors get the help they need to finish their higher education degree and the youth get a positive male role model who grew up in an environment similar to theirs.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically Black college, in 1911 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. With 750 chapters worldwide today, Omega Psi Phi encourage high standards and community service that builds character and leadership among men.
100 Black Men of Seattle, Inc., is a non-profit organization that provides mentors to work with underserved youth, primarily African American males. Through programs, partnership and participation in systemic processes, the group provides education, access, inclusion and opportunities for local youth.
Rainier Valley Leadership Academy is a public, tuition-free, college preparatory charter school serving a diverse population in Southeast Seattle. Its mission is to transform public education so all students graduate prepared for college, leadership and life. The school has a proven track record of aiding historically underserved students, including those from low-income backgrounds and students of color.
Seattle was among the first in the nation to pilot My Brother’s Keeper, a mentorship program that has resulted in improved attendance and academic achievement for African American students. The program primarily focuses on African American male students in the 7th grade, creating positive mentorship opportunities at school, during extracurricular activities and on the weekends.
Team Issachar enriches, strengthens and develops the moral, ethical and social character of young men using a group mentoring approach and the power of collaboration with a broad array of partners.
Treehouse provides a range of education planning, monitoring, coaching and support services to help students in foster care experience success at school and have access to the resources they need to graduate from high school with a plan for their future.
Unleash the Brilliance
Unleash the Brilliance works to reduce at-risk behaviors, increase school attendance, and improve graduation rates. It creates a safe space for youth to honestly evaluate the choices and behaviors that impact their lives; empowers them to make responsible decisions and connects them with community resources.
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Network
The Youth Violence Prevention Network was formed in 2008 in response to the murders of young people. It hopes to diffuse the violent tension surrounding the slayings as well as providing prevention methods to at-risk youth and young adults.