Quarterly Newsletter, September 2015

Mentor programs are a win for our youth and our community!

Looking Back & Looking Ahead
By Hazel Cameron, Executive Director

As we reflect on the many things we achieved in 2014 and look ahead into the remaining months of 2015, we're excited to share some 4C Coalition accomplishments and news with you.

Our future looks bright. We continue to build bridges with partners like the City of Seattle, United Way, the City of Kent, King County Superior Court, Casey Family Program, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Seattle Foundation, and other supportive groups. 
  
With help from United Way Volunteer Impact and 501 Commons in 2014, we wrote our skill-based volunteer induction manual. The manual provides job descriptions for skilled volunteers to assist us with social media, office administration, and program management. 

Contributions from United Way also helped us develop a girls' group. Employee Olivia Ford-who was once a 4C mentee herself-wrote the grant application (her first) and developed the group. The girls' group invited young women to create a dream board and reflect upon their future goals while also learning about the history of Martin Luther King and civil rights.

We started four other group mentoring gatherings in 2014. Group mentoring is generously funded by SYVPI ( Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative), the City of Seattle, KCSC (King County Superior Court), and United Way.

The 4C recently launched a database project to review and track the youths we serve. This database will help tell a statistical story to donors, funders, and policymakers about the work we do in the community. 

With the help of many talented people, we revamped our website to share the stories statistics can't tell. Beginning this month, we will also start utilizing social media to share real-time stories of our success and challenges in the community. If you're on social media-please follow us on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We'd love to see you on there! 

With the help of many talented people, we revamped our website to share the stories statistics can't tell. 

Beginning this month, we will also start utilizing social media to share real-time stories of our success and challenges in the community. If you're on social media-please follow us on  Instagram , Twitter , and  Facebook . We'd love to see you on there! 

Rebecca Sullivan and her husband, Eric Westberg, have generously donated a financial contribution that allowed us to engage the services of a social media consultant.


 

Mentor Profile

Ahmed Stewart
" I wanted to be a mentor because young black males need to have ro le models that look like themselves," says Ahmed Stewart. And, with my Caribbean background, I could show them a different mindset."

 

About three years ago Ahmed Stewart went to a volunteer fair sponsored by the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals (SULYP). He visited the 4C booth and decided he would become a mentor.

 

Read More 

  

Become a 4C Mentor

Our mentor training program has several components that utilize a combination of proven methods we have learned over the years. 

 

These are some of the key aspects of the mentor training:

  • Research-based instruction in role-modeling skills
  • Goal-setting, keeping promises, handling mistakes
  • Acknowledging student accomplishments, guiding them to achieve their goals
  • Maintaining commitments (yours and theirs)
What Mentors Say After Their Commitment is Complete
  • They felt they made a difference
  • Many said the mentor-mentee relationship helped with or prevented problems for a young person
  • They found mentoring immensely satisfying
  • They learned or gained something personally from mentoring
  • They would mentor again or recommend mentoring to a friend

If you are interested in becoming a mentor with the 4C Coalition, download our Mentor Packet, which includes our volunteer application and information. Thank you for your consideration!

 

Download our Mentor Packet 

 

 
The 4C Coalition Mentoring Program

Our mentors live in Puget Sound-area communities and want to make a positive difference in a young person's life.


The youth we serve desire and deserve a chance to succeed. 


We want them to have the opportunity to attend safe schools, eat healthy food, be around caring with adults who encourage them to reach their full potential. 


Over the past 15 years, 4C mentoring programs have promoted this ethos and proven to be a powerful force for change.

 
Consider  joining us today!
 
Do you need help now?
Many of the youth we serve are referred to us by the King County Juvenile Court. However, we are always interested in hearing from individuals and/or their families who feel mentorship could help them with current challenges.
 
If you are a vulnerable youth or know of an at-risk youth in need of mentoring, please contact us at  206-568-0391 to speak to a staff member, or email us at

Mentor Training
Upcoming Training Sessions!

Saturday Sept.  19   
Trainings are from 10:00am-4:00pm

Location:
Mt. Baker Presbyterian Church
3201 Hunter Blvd S.
Seattle Washington 98144
Food Provided.



The 4-C Way

Founded in 1999, the 4C Coalition is a nonprofit whose programs are evidenced-based, incorporating the Elements of Best Practices. 

 

Youths in our programs are matched with mentors from a pool of conscientious adults who seek to share their hard-earned wisdom and engage with youth from a place of genuine interest and respect.

 

The 4C Mentoring Model is a win for both the mentee and the mentor. We recruit caring adults who long to give back their communities-to share their experiences in a supportive, structured, non-intimidating environment.

 


Supported by United Way of King County

For the second year in a row, 4C has been awarded $35,00 in funding from United Way. 

The two-year amount of $70,000 goes a long way in funding our mentoring programs.

1404 East Yesler Way, Suite B,   |   Seattle , WA 98122   |    (206) 772-1434 -  (206) 568-0391

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