Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement


For Hire: Seattle Rising Group Mentor Facilitator

Job Description

Position: Seattle Rising Mentor Facilitator

The Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement Rising, a program of the National CARES Mentoring Movement, is currently hiring a part-time group facilitator. The facilitator works with volunteer mentors to conduct Wellness Mentoring Circles (WMC) with students in a middle school setting. The group mentoring sessions, which are for males only, are led by two facilitators. This is an annual contract position.

Facilitators will provide support, tracking, and implementation of The Rising program in 2 schools in Seattle. Lead and facilitate 2 weekly Rising groups during the school-day, utilizing the A New Way Forward Curriculum, participate in weekly team development meetings based on the curriculum .

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reports to The Seattle CARES Executive director
  • Leads in-class group mentoring by facilitating Wellness Mentoring Circles utilizing The Rising curriculum
  • Collaborates with CARES Executive Director and Rising Team on Pillar curriculum development.
  • Complete weekly WMC reporting protocols and ongoing tracking data collection utilizing CARES data base
  • Updates and Reviews Weekly Wellness Mentoring Circle lesson plans with CARES team and send to Rising mentors
  • Be present for all WMC Pillar Lesson planning and mentor trainings
  • Assure group mentors have session lessons
  • Assist with end of pillar mentor training
  • Review student surveys
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Have excellent public speaking skills
  • Excellent computer skills

Requirements: Qualifications ( Education, Experience , Skills)

Bachelor of Arts Degree (Preferred master’s degree in human services or related field) , successful experience in working with elementary and adolescent students with social – emotional behavioral challenges , strong collaboration and communication skills , and ability to be flexible in response to individual student needs preferred.

  1. Computer skills and knowledge of the most current Microsoft applications
  2. Ability to work flexible weekly schedule
  3. Commitment to diversity and all other values and ideals upheld by National CARES Mentoring Movement and Seattle Rising.

Workday and Compensation
This is a part-time position 10-15 hours per week.
Salary commensurate with experience

To Apply

Download the Seattle Cares Employee Application

Return completed applications, with cover letter and resume to:

Hazel Cameron, Program Manager
Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement (SCMM)
1404 East Yesler Way, Suite #202A
Seattle, WA 98122

Susan L. Taylor

WNBC Interviews Susan L. Taylor

Happy Birthday Susan Taylor

“Send a short birthday note to Susan ( and donate just $10 one-time, or per month…”

Susan has come to Seattle year after year to help us build our community of mentors.

The only gift she ever asks for, on her 73rd birthday today, is that we link arms in support of our children and communities.

Since Susan Taylor started National CARES in 2006, more than 200,000 young people have been mentored, and are today authoring their own lives

So today, on Susan’s 73rd birthday, I’m asking our Seattle friends to send a short birthday note to Susan and donate just $10 one-time, or per month to CARES. Use the hashtag #SLT73.

Out of love for Susan and all the work she has done and continues to do to support our community and our children, Seattle CARES is pushing hard to encourage community support for National CARES’ many life-forces, leadership development programs which are helmed by its Affiliates in 58 cities.

More than 15,000 young people living in poverty, including young parents, middle and high schoolers, and young people being held in detention are undergirded annually in CARES’ group-mentoring programs; and tens of thousands of others are supported in one-to-one mentorship by its culturally anchored army of volunteer mentors whom the organization trains.

Please make a $10.00 donation once-a-month for one year … or make a onetime donation: Here is the link to use for

I plea for your support. And know that all of us who love Susan and her vision to see a community healed and strong, are bowing in your gratitude.
Hazel Cameron
1404 East Yesler Way, Suite 202A
Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement (SCMM)

Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 772-1434
(206) 568-0391

The Rising: Elevating Education, Expectations and Self-Esteem

The Rising is an innovative curriculum-based group mentoring initiative that is underway in two Seattle middle schools: Denny International and Meany. The program targets 6th graders and works to create self-esteem and the critical thinking skills they need to succeed. Developed by the National CARES Mentoring Movement, The Rising was piloted in Chicago, Detroit and South Florida where it met with great success.

In Seattle, students meet weekly at their middle school in Wellness Mentoring Circles, facilitated by Seattle CARES-trained mentors and professionals. Community partners are brought in to offer wrap-around services for both children and their families. In 2018, King County’s Best Starts for Kids program awarded a three-year $300,000 grant to Seattle CARES to launch The Rising, and we hope to expand the program in 2019.

Since The Rising was launched nationwide in 2012, data have shown that young people who participate have made statistically significant gains in social skills and engage more in school. Youth were also shown to have more positive feelings about themselves and more hope for the future.

Read more about The Rising (PDF)

Download The Rising Trifold Brochure (PDF)

Partner Profile: M.U.S.T.

Mentoring Urban Students and Teens, or M.U.S.T., one of our mentoring partners, is making a tremendous difference in the community. Now in its 7th year, the organization was started by Rick Newell, whose years of work at the Rotary Boys & Girls Club showed him the importance of positive role models. At the same time, he saw many talented young men working at the club who were high school graduates but had not gone on to college because they did not have the financial means or they did not know how to pursue a higher education.

“I started thinking: Why not take these positive African American male role models who want to try college, train them and pay them well to mentor African American youth who are in danger of dropping out of high school,” said Newell. The idea grew and M.U.S.T. was born.

After a three-year pilot effort, Newell found that youth who were mentored were doing well in high school and avoiding the criminal justice system while the mentors were succeeding in getting into college. Today M.U.S.T. works with middle school counselors whose schools feed Garfield, Franklin, Rainier Beach and Cleveland high schools to identify potential program participants.

The mentor and mentee spend time building a relationship. They have breakfast once a week during the school year where they talk about such things as what makes a man a man and what aspects in today’s world tend to pull kids down. Group outings are held every other week during the school year and every week during the summer. Through fun activities and conversations, mentors develop a rapport with the young men in their charge, and the mentees develop their social skills by interacting with others in a group setting.

“M.U.S.T. is unique because it serves both youth and mentors,” said Newell. “In addition, MUST mentors receives a coach while they are in the program — older men who help them navigate life and figure out school.” It’s this three-tiered approach — mentee, mentor and coach — that makes MUST so successful.

Because M.U.S.T. focuses exclusively on African American males, a partnership with Seattle CARES was a natural. “We’re extremely grateful to Seattle CARES for its help in finding and providing mentors, and all the time and energy they invest in the program,” said Newell.

In 2019, M.U.S.T. hopes to raise enough funds to support its next cohort of youth. The organization also is looking to diversify its board and to expand to a second location south of Seattle. “M.U.S.T. dreams one day of being a national presence,” said Newell, “but we still need to focus on helping one youth at a time, one mentor at a time, and one relationship at a time. We can all do this together!”