Promoting Quality Mentoring in Washington State
MENTOR Washington, formerly Mentoring Works Washington, is a public-private partnership founded in 2004 as a source of support for the hundreds of mentoring organizations across our state.
Our Mission: To promote, support, and expand quality mentoring that fosters positive youth development and academic success.
Our Vision: That every child in our state in need of a mentor has one, and that each mentor is trained and supported to maximize the positive impact mentoring can have on their ability to thrive and lead happy, successful lives.
The Mentoring Gap
We estimate there are more than 240,000 children in Washington State who could benefit from having a mentor and only 30,000 who have one. This leaves a gap of more than 200,000 youth without a mentor.
MENTOR Washington leads the effort to close this gap by:
- Maximizing the number of youth each of our state’s existing mentoring programs can serve
- Creating new mentoring efforts state-wide to support more youth through mentoring
- Providing professional development, training, technical assistance, and evaluation support to every mentoring program state-wide
- Infuse the best practices of mentoring into existing youth development relationships
Our board inspires us to do the work that we do. Read more about them here: Board
Meet our team, who come together to help support mentoring across Washington State.
The Providers Council serves as an advisory group for MW’s staff and supports the mentoring movement in Washington State.
Champions of Mentoring
Collaborating with our partners on projects and initiatives is one of the most important ways MW supports the statewide mentoring community. Champions of Mentoring