What We Do
WSM provides support and works to improve quality mentoring programs by identifying and building upon their strengths and addressing their needs through comprehensive training and technical assistance.
WSM provides high-level services that increase the capacity of mentoring programs while decreasing the operating costs associated with these programs. Through targeted advocacy and marketing, we provide public awareness around the use of evidence-based mentoring programs to reduce risk among our state’s youth.
WSM maintains knowledge of the most current mentoring trends and practices by engaging in regular evaluation and research within the field. We augment the financial resources available by directing charitable dollars and direct assistance towards mentoring programs.
Since its inception in 2004, WSM has awarded more than 75 grants to direct-service mentoring providers worth $4 million. WSM has delivered more than 100 training sessions on a variety of topics including best practices in mentoring. Perhaps most significantly, the number of children with a mentor has grown from 12,000 to 30,000 in the last five years, in part due to the efforts of WSM.
Who Benefited More?
Joshy, a 9 year old Tribal boy, was matched with an eccentric retired special education teacher, Tim. Both of them were looking for a meaningful connection. Joshy had missed many days of school prior to being matched with Tim, a retired teacher. Although very bright, Joshy was falling behind in his academic work.