Become a CfY Student

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Helping Our Students Grow

In an effort to improve our life-skills workshop curriculum, CfY implemented a rigorous assessment of the personal and social development of our students. Begun in 2006 and conducted by a team of University of Washington psychologists, our program has evolved to help students develop self-esteem, identify and achieve personal goals, follow through on commitments, and build healthy relationships.

Life-Skills Oriented Workshops

In our monthly workshops, we aspire to expose our students (and mentors!) to ideas that will help them develop strong life skills. Some of these skills include:

Social competencies

Building healthy relationships, properly expressing feelings, and resolving conflict peacefully.

Sense of empowerment

Feeling valued and safe in their social environment.

Staying in school

Valuing staying in school and graduating.

Positive identity

Developing high self-esteem and optimism.

Commitment to learning

Developing high self-esteem and optimism.

How You Can Get Involved!

1.  Fill out the student application!        

2.  There are a couple ways to turn in your completed application. You could turn it in at school!

  • Chief Sealth High School:  Counseling Office
  • Cleveland High School:  Teen Health Center or Attendance Office
  • Franklin High School:  Main Office or Counseling Office
  • Rainier Beach High School:  Success City, Rm. 265

3.  Expect a call or school visit from our Outreach Coordinator to talk about your application and all of the exciting things ahead at CfY!

4.  Get ready! You’re goin’ to camp!

Student Spotlight

In 2004 I started to attend Cleveland High School. My older sister participated in Community For Youth. I thought CFY would be a great program to be apart of.  I was matched with my mentor Lara who have helped me with whatever I needed in school. We planned many fun, learning, and volunteer community work projects throughout Seattle. One of my favorite things my mentor and I have done was rock climbing and volunteering for parks, food banks, and retirement homes. I enjoyed this most because I felt I was giving back to the community and gave me and Lara the opportunity to get to know each other on different levels.  Community for Youth opened my eyes to new things and made me want to be apart of the community helpfully.

I didn’t really think about college before coming to high school but once I was matched with Lara there were so many questions for myself as far as what I wanted to do after high school. We took road trips to universities just to see if they fit me personally and was encouraged by Lara to take opportunities that were among Cleveland HS. I was apart of the TRIO program, touring universities in Washington State, this helped me figure out what kind of atmosphere I wanted to be in and gave me knowledge on what universities were like. Having a mentor has helped me have a focus on a bright future and has been one of the most affective things in my life today.

I am now graduated with a bachelors degree from Eastern Washington University in Interdisciplinary Studies with the disciplines of; Anthropology, Africana education, and Social Work. Community for Youth has been an outlet for many things I do as of today, Lara has helped me in so many ways and opened my eyes to new things and perspectives, this program was amazing and I’m grateful to have met such an amazing mentor/friend.  Thanks Lara You Rock!!

Patricia W.