Partnering for Greater Results
These organizations help document 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 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 launch of the Our Best initiative. Seattle CARES was asked by city officials to act as intermediary with mentoring and community-based organizations, helping to get this robust new recruitment and training campaign underway. 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.
Founded in 1999, the 4C Coalition is a Seattle-area nonprofit focused on mentoring youth. Participating youth 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-win situation: Adults give back to their community and young persons 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 and advocates for our communities. Today Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has 686 active chapters in the U.S., Germany, Bermuda, Korea, Virgin Islands, Bahamas and Canada.
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 makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers and children ages 6 through 18. These develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on young people, helping them face adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
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. By highlighting responsibility, leadership and accountability, the organization develops culturally relevant educational experiences and initiatives that close the achievement gap for low-income minority and at risk male students.
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 nonprofit organization that offers mentoring to 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.
Mentoring Works Washington (MWW) is a public-private partnership between the State of Washington and corporate, foundation and community donors. Formed in 2004 to support the hundreds of mentoring organizations across the state, MWW promotes and expands quality mentoring that fosters positive youth development and academic success.
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 is a group of men who encourage high standards and community service, building character and leadership among men. It is dedicated to the principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance and uplift.
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.
The 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 students from low-income backgrounds and students of color.
Seattle Police Department provides many mentorship opportunities for youth. Its Seattle Police Activities League (SEAPAL) works with some 800 youth a year (ages 5-18) through sports and recreational activities. The Explorers program involves young men and women aged 14-21 in community projects where they learn about police work and law enforcement. The National Police Activities League funds 7 mentorship groups in Seattle, reaching about 50 young people each month
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 and provides them with the attention and resources needed to be academically, emotionally and socially successful. My Brother’s Keeper creates positive mentorship opportunities that support students at school, during extracurricular activities, and on the weekends. The program reaches out to parents or guardians to establish relationships and baselines, and to recruit them to participate in school events as well as service projects.
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 village network partners. Regular group mentoring meet-ups help us maintain consistency, which is the key to establishing positive relationships between mentors, young men, families and caregivers.
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. By partnering with a team of existing supports in a youth’s life—foster parents, social workers, teachers, school counselors and mentors—Treehouse is able to provide timely, appropriate supports and services tailored to a youth’s individual developmental needs.
Unleash the Brilliance
Unleash the Brilliance works to reduce at-risk behaviors, increase school attendance, and improve graduation rates. The organization creates a safe space for youth to honestly evaluate the choices and behaviors that impact their lives; empowers them to make decisions that avoid unnecessary pitfalls, and connects them with resources in their community.
The Youth Violence Prevention Network
The Youth Violence Prevention Network was formed in response to the murders of young people in hopes of diffusing the violent tension surrounding the slayings as well as providing prevention methods to at-risk youth and young adults. Since our founding in 2008, we have reached out to under-served and over-looked youth aged 8-35. In 2009, YVPN received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award for our efforts to prevent youth violence.