4C Coalition Newsletter

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

Photos by Rebecca Sullivan
Susan L. Taylor Helps Celebrate 4C Coalition Group Mentoring "Graduation"

On Tuesday, June 7, mentors and mentees gathered at the Yesler Community Center to celebrate the conclusion of 20 weekly 90-minute meetings ... a graduation of sorts.
 
National CARES Mentoring Movement Founder and CEO, Susan L. Taylor joined the group from New York via an amplified phone.
 
The meeting room was full with 12 to 16 year-old mentees, adult mentors, friends, and family.
 
Hazel Cameron, The 4C Executive Director, opened the meeting by thanking "all the wonderful mentors who have been with them week by week, year-by-year, giving of themselves."
 
The 4C Group Mentoring program follows a curriculum that blends history, social studies, civic education, and economics.
 
Don and Hazel Cameron summarized five months of classroom work. They explained how the Group Mentoring curriculum blends history, social studies, civic education, and economics. They mentioned two topics that received special attention ... "Making the Right Decisions" and Life on Social Media."
 
Ms. Taylor led a discussion, and asked both mentees and mentors what they got out of the program.
 
Here are some of the remarks from mentees:
  • "I would say that I learned how to deal with authority, how you have to approach authority humbly whether in a uniform or not, it's not about how they represent themselves it's about how you represent yourself."
  • "We spend mindlessly. We spend on things that have no value. We want to invest our money and grow in value."
  • "Our image has to do with how other people see us rather than how we feel about ourselves."
  • "We talked about how you need to be mindful about what you put out there in media ... you need to know that employees look at your Facebook posts and stuff."
  • "High school athletes are told to be very careful of what they put out there in social media because coaches. College coaches are looking at these postings."
  • "I learned that I need to stop and think and make better decisions. It helps me think before I do something now ... as I think about the consequences."
  • "I learned that listening in silence isn't a luxury it's a necessity... I talk a lot and sometimes I need to shut up."
  • "I am really grateful for this program I've tried other programs in my life but this is the only one that really stuck."



NEW MENTOR TRAINING

Saturday, October 8
Mt Baker Presbyterian Church
3201 Hunter Blvd South

Light Breakfast & Lunch Provided

For more information & to reserve a space contact:

Don Cameron
206-972-3426

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We've Moved 

Hazel Cameron
4C Executive Director

Cell:  (206) 354-4139
Office:  (206) 772-1434

1404 East Yesler Way
Suite 202A
Seattle, WA 98122



Enter on 14th Street - west side of building (says  Urban League at entrance). We're on 2nd floor.

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Mentors Matter
 

Kevin King - UW Football Player Helps Mentor Youth

Kevin is from Oakland, California, and came to the UW football program after visiting several other colleges. "I was recruited to many schools but when I came to Seattle, I fell in love with the University of Washington. Great atmosphere, great fans and great tradition."

Kevin's Ethnic Studies Professor Terrie Scott recommended that Kevin take this opportunity to be a mentor to kids.

"My older brother was my mentor, as well as my parents. Coaches were also my mentors. I got a whole lot out of being involved in this mentor program. It's a program for kids but this helps us as much as the kids. It teaches us to be better man and better examples."
 
According to Kevin, "Coach Peterson knows about this program and approves in our participation." As for as football goes, "Next season, if we handle our business and do what we can, it will be a great year on the football field."
 
 
Supported by United Way of King County

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