Since 1985, Community for Youth (CfY) has been changing lives. Combining one-on-one mentorship with directed workshops and fun, community-building activities, we help underserved teens from the most vulnerable South Seattle high schools grow and thrive.
We’re not just a mentoring organization — we’re a community. Our structured life-skills curriculum that includes community workshops and one-on-one mentoring opportunities provides a critical network of support for our students that goes beyond a traditional mentorship program.
In addition to one-on-one sessions, our students and mentors meet monthly in small Family Groups of seven to eight pairs, as well as in Learning Communities of 40 pairs, for directed workshops that help our students build confidence, determination, and self-awareness.
We provide mentors with a support system, too, with monthly mentor-only meetings and workshops that give them the tools to succeed as mentors. Our model is proven. In 2013 and 2014, we graduated 100% of our participating seniors, and many of our students and mentors return year-over-year.