Who We Are
The mission of Washington State Mentors (WSM) is to promote and support quality mentoring that fosters positive youth development and academic success. 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.
Click below to watch a short video on who we are, what we do and how to get involved.
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Washington State Mentors is the only organization serving the statewide mentoring community, acting as an information broker between the state’s 200 direct-service mentoring providers, state agencies and benefactors. With the support of Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services, Costco Wholesale, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several companies including Bank of America, WSM is increasing the capacity of mentoring programs and improving the quality of the mentoring provided by directing new streams of revenue to the field.
Washington State Mentors is the Champion of mentoring in Washington State and remains committed to closing the mentoring gap.
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.