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 ten 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. One hundred and nineteen grants totaling more than $600,000 have been made since 2006 through a competitive grant process administered by Washington State Mentors.
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- 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.
- Emerald City School
A personalized learning community in the heart of Seattle, nestled between the vibrant Seattle Center and South Lake Union neighborhoods. We offer a comprehensive, inclusive, and nurturing instructional setting for students with learning disabilities in grades 1 through 8. Our students experience daily success and the joy of building new foundational skills and exploring new vistas in a safe, contemporary, and caring educational environment. Mentoring Works Washington is thrilled to count the Emerald City School as a sponsor of Hoops for Hope: The Jim Marsh Classic.
- 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.
A Special Bond Between Sisters
Little Sister Shania and Big Sister Maureen have been matched since October 2009. Shania's grandmother enrolled Shania in the BBBS program because Shania always wanted a big sister. Maureen had been interested in mentoring because she had always liked kids and wanted to a create a special bond with a Little.