4C Coalition Newsletter

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

Mentoring Matters
Helping Juan Reclaim his Future

Juan Carlos, 14, rarely attended school and soon found himself identified as being truant.

Juan's parents were ordered to attend the King County Truancy workshop.

While attending this workshop Juan's parents met Diana Parra, Truancy Workshop Coordinator, in the King County Prosecutor's Office. Diana listened to the parent's concerns and thought Juan could really use a mentor.

The parents agreed and a referral was made to the 4C Coalition Mentor Program. The 4C personnel matched Juan with Bobby Cruz. Bobby meets with Juan every Monday, and has committed to mentoring Juan for at least one year.

Bobby was truly a blessing for Juan and his family. Bobby really enjoys working with youth and he speaks fluent Spanish. He is motivated to give back because he sees himself, and his childhood in Juan.

Being able to communicate is key in any relationship, but in this instance it was critical. Mom and dad do not speak English and found many barriers when advocating for their son.

Juan subsequently fell between the cracks. Juan never attended school more than two days in a row. Bobby began to work with Juan and his family to identify attainable goals.

Tyler Perry Says ...

"What I've found about it is that there are some folks you can talk to until you're blue in the face--they're never going to get it and they're never going to change. 

But every once in a while, you'll run into someone who is eager to listen, eager to learn, and willing to try new things.Those are the people we need to reach. 

We have a responsibility as parents, older people, teachers, people in the neighborhood to recognize that." 

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. 

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