Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Extends to Interlake High School

Photo by Olivia Frohlich.

After a successful launch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters pilot MentorU program at West Seattle High School, the program is extending to Interlake High School in Bellevue.

MentorU is a one-to-one mentoring program with high school students focusing on college and career readiness. Each student is matched with a volunteer based on career or personal interests. Students and volunteers correspond via email once a week during their MentorU class, and meet in person once every six weeks. The students that benefit from the program are students facing adversity, including a high percentage of kids that are low-income.

The first day of school is on Thursday, Aug. 31 — about a week away — and 60 volunteers are needed before Sept. 1. Big Brothers Big Sisters is asking volunteer mentors to commit to at least a year, with hopes that the relationship will last longer.

Data collected by Big Brothers Big Sisters revealed their mentor programs are helping students build higher self-esteem, avoid alcohol, drugs and physical violence, and report no involvement with juvenile court. They found 92 percent of students had better attitudes toward school, 76 percent improved academic performance, and 88 percent plan to go to college.

For more information on the program, or sign up to become a mentor, visit online.

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