Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement


April 5 event: Grandmothers Against Gun Violence

Join Grandmothers Against Gun Violence as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at an event on Thursday, April 5, from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Northwest African American Museum, 2300 S. Massachusetts Street, Seattle.

Special guest speakers include interim Seattle police chief Carmen Best. There will be light refreshments, exhibits and music. The event is free, but please RVSP to

More details here.

Seattle CARES mentors and mentees attend 2018 State of the City address

A group of mentors and mentees accompanied Seattle CARES executive director Don Cameron to the 2018 State of the City address given by Seattle Major Jenny Durkan on February 20.

In her speech, Mayor Durkan echoed many of the key messages central to the Our Best: Black Male Mentoring Achievement campaign: racial justice, social equity and real opportunity for all.  “We believe that every person is born with dignity and promise, and they deserve real respect and real opportunity,” said Durkan. “A person’s value is not based on net worth, on the country of birth or on the color of skin.”

On Jan. 12, Durkan attended the launch of the Our Best campaign at Broadway Performance Hall, delivering an impassioned speech about the value of mentoring. At this week’s State of the City address at Rainier Beach High School, she spoke to an enthusiastic crowd about her plans to offer free community college to all public high school graduates and to work harder to share prosperity among city’s residents.

At the end of her speech, Durkan encouraged attendees to resolve that next year, “we can look each other in the eye and say the state of our city is more just…because of our resolve, our actions and our love.”

Watch the mayor’s complete address here.

Record crowd attends Feb. 10 mentor orientation

More than 20 men and one woman crowded into Mt. Baker Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Feb. 10, to learn about the Our Best: Black Male Achievement Mentoring Campaign. Many of the attendees were inspired by the stories and speeches given at the standing-room-only Our Black campaign launch, held Jan. 12 at Broadway Performance Hall.

The Our Best program seeks to recruit and train black male adults to mentor black at-risk youth. The program is supported by the City of Seattle and a network of partner mentoring agencies.

“In 10 years of working with mentoring youth, I have never seen such a large or enthusiastic crowd,” said Don Cameron, executive director, Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement, a nonprofit agency that is administering the Our Best program. “We’re delighted with the community response and support.”

Mentors accepted into the Our Best program serve on average one hour a week in addition to participating in a monthly Wellness Mentoring Circle.  A one-year commitment is required.

After the orientation, interested individuals submit a mentor application and are referred to the agency that best suits their interests, where they will receive additional training and be matched with a mentee.