Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement

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.