Washington State Mentors would like to thank our Partners for their ongoing support. Collaborating with our partners on projects and initiatives is one of the most important ways WSM supports the mentoring community.
- Bank of America
For the past three years Bank of America has sponsored the Bank of America Mentoring Initiative. The initiative is designed to support high-quality mentoring programs that are serving youth living in low to moderate income households with emphasis in reaching small and rural communities. Fifty eight grants totaling more than $300,000 have been made since 2006 through a competitive grant process administered by Washington State Mentors. For a list of 2009 Bank of America Mentoring Initiative grant recipients and photos from the statewide grant celebrations click here.
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Propelling WSM forward is a gift of $4.5 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for our Mentoring At-Risk Youth (MaRY) project. The center piece of this project is a set of seven grants to mentoring providers that will serve up to 3,000 youth over the course of five years. For a complete list of MaRY grantees click here.
- College Success Foundation
The College Success Foundation (CSF) was established in the spring of 2000 by Bob Craves and Ann Ramsay-Jenkins. In a climate where one-third of the state's 900,000 K-12 students are on free or reduced lunches, and where 17% of public high school students do not graduate, the founders wished to encourage scholarship philanthropy, and to significantly change the opportunity structure for disadvantaged students and their families. Their mission is to provide college scholarships and mentoring to low-income, high-potential students. Washington State Mentors (WSM) was initiated in 1999 by the Department of Social and Health Services. In 2004, WSM expanded with the support of Costco Wholesale and the College Success Foundation.
Washington State Mentors is a public/private partnership between Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and private funders, the largest of which is Costco. Costco provides annual operations support, sponsors WSM fundraisers and WSM's President & COO, Jim Marsh is an executive on loan from Costco.
- Department of Social and Health Services
Washington State Mentors is a public/private partnership between Washington State's Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and private funders including Costco. DSHS provides the majority of WSM's operational funding. Our partnership with DSHS and Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen allows WSM to effectively advocate for mentoring among the state agencies and legislators. Tom Pennella, Deputy Director of Government Relations for WSM is an executive on loan from DSHS.
- MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR is widely acknowledged as the nation's premier advocate and resource for the expansion of mentoring initiatives nationwide. As such, MENTOR works with a strong network of state and local Mentoring Partnerships to leverage resources and provide the support and tools that mentoring organizations need to effectively serve young people in their communities. Washington State Mentors is one of 25 states who are working on a local level to close the mentoring gap.
- Pro-Build Fund
The Pro-Build Fund provides support for the expansion of county-level mentoring partnerships, or "roundtables". By sharing ideas and resources as well as strategies for overcoming challenges specific to the county, these partnerships increase the effectiveness of organizations and reduce their costs to meet the present and future demand for mentoring. The Pro-Build Fund's support enables WSM to provide staff support to these partnerships.
Rising to the Occasion
Chris was matched with his Big Brother, Will, in July 2010. Chris was 12 and Will was 20. Chris lives with his grandmother who reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters because she thought a positive, male role model would be beneficial for Chris. Chris and Will meet almost every week and talk in between meetings. When they are together they are very active.