Winter 2022
Celebrating National Mentoring Month

Seattle CARES is celebrating National Mentoring Month in January, along with other organizations coast-to-coast. During this time of overwhelming challenges on many fronts – political, economic, and social – mentoring is a constant force for good, proven to empower, strengthen and help our community heal. 
There are many reasons that mentoring works. Mentors are good listeners and often share similar experiences with the young people they mentor. They encourage and guide. Most of all, they care.

We've been involved in the mentoring movement in King County for more than 15 years. We are grateful for city and county funding and for the many organizations and individuals who have donated money or volunteered their time. You can read more about some of these individuals in this issue of Momentum.

In February, a new video from National CARES Mentoring Movement will feature several of our scholars, mentors and parents. We'll post more information about the video when available. In the meantime, we wish you a healthy and safe new year.
Don Cameron, Executive Director
Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement
Wellness Circles offer a safe place for women to grow
Eight years ago, Tigest Beyene's life hung in the balance. An ex-boyfriend was stalking her. Then, he ambushed her, shot her in the stomach and killed himself. Recently, the former Highline High School graduate heard about Community Wellness Circles, a facilitated group of women supporting women. She joined and found it made a huge difference in her world. READ MORE.
Seattle CARES plays key role in national mentoring video
Seattle CARES was one of three affiliate programs selected to be part of a new video produced by the National CARES Mentoring Movement. A film crew spent two days in Seattle with mentors including Christian Love (left), students, parents, public school educators and CARES staff. READ MORE.
Voices for Change: Monthly webinar series starts Jan. 25
We're pleased to announce the first speaker in our new monthly webinar series, Voices for Change. Join Fonda Bryant (right) on Jan. 25 from 6-7 p.m. to learn more about mental health and suicide prevention. Bryant is a nationally recognized expert, winning several awards, including Nexstar's 2021 National Remarkable Woman award. WEBINAR SIGN-UP HERE.
Mentors help Rising scholars navigate O'Dea High School
This fall, August, a former Rising scholar at Denny International Middle School, entered ninth grade at O'Dea High School, a private college prep. He joins three other Rising scholars also at O'Dea. All were supported by dedicated Seattle CARES mentors. Follow their journey here. READ MORE.
Mentor Profile: Rose Green
Rose Green might be new to mentoring but not to Seattle CARES. In fact, she's participated in three different programs in the past two years. Her grandson was a Rising scholar at Denny. Because of that connection, she started attending a Community Wellness Circle for women. Now she's decided to become a mentor herself. We talked to Rose about her decision to get involved. READ MORE.
4C Coalition provides one-on-one mentoring to The Rising
The 4C Coalition will start providing one-on-one mentoring for up to 20 students beginning in February. This individualized program pairs same-gender carefully trained adults with Rising scholars, where they can share positive values and behaviors. READ MORE.
News from Seattle CARES
Voices for Change Webinar
Voices for Change is a six-part online series presented each month to discuss issues of importance to our community. Speakers and topics are geared to help us navigate our challenging lives and changing communities.

The kick-off speaker on Jan. 25 is Fonda Bryant who will explore mental health issues. For Black History Month in February, we'll learn more about Black history and culture. Voices for Change is supported by King County's Positive Family Connections. LEARN MORE.
Be A Mentor. Save a Youth.
Interested in becoming a mentor?

To keep our community safe, mentor orientation sessions are now online. It's easy to participate on your laptop or cellphone.

Our next orientation sessions:
Sat., Feb. 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Sat., Mar. 12, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

There are many ways to save a generation! Donate today!
We are grateful for the support of all our mentors, partners and donors. You too can be part of the mentoring movement by making a donation to Seattle CARES. It's easy; just click on the donation button, right.
Seattle Cares Mentoring Movement