Mentors meet one-on-one with their mentees for 1 to 2 hours each week.Whether it’s throwing a ball, baking cookies, or playing board games at a local coffee shop, the focus is always on the friendship. Children in this program range from ages 5-17. Although we request a minimum of a 12 month commitment, many of our volunteers have continued in their friendships for much longer.
Lunch-Time Mentor Program
Mentors commit to meet during lunch-time for a full school-year (9 months) with their young friends on school grounds at Ellensburg and Cle Elum/Roslyn Schools. Children range from kindergarten to high school (although most students are Elementary age) and enjoy spending time with their adult friends engaging in diverse activities, including reading, board games, sports, tag, and art projects.
CURRENT COVID-19 ADAPTATIONS: The school-based program is now offered through Zoom to work in conjunction with the hybrid school model. The program has evolved in an effort to help children to navigate their new learning environments. Mentors dedicate an hour a week to their mentee (child). This hour can be spent playing games, reading together, helping them with homework, or just talking.
Career/Vocational Mentor Program
Temporarily cancelled until futher notice due to COVID-19
Mentors meet one-on-one with their mentees for 1 to 2 hours each week for 6 weeks. Youth often leave Highschool wondering what their next step should be. "Career and Vocational Mentoring" matches local youth ages 14-19 with a trusted adult in a working enviornment of their choice. This is an opportunity where youth can explore career, vocational and educational pathways with the one-on-one support of a trusted adult.
Temporarily cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19. Please see events page for alternative activities.
This program happens on the 1st Friday of every month and features local youth artwork from area schools. The event is hosted at the Youth Services location (213 W. 3rd Avenue) from 5-7pm.
Temporarily cancelled until futher notice due to COVID-19. Please see events page for alternative activities.
Every Thursday from 5pm-7pm, Youth Services opens its doors for game night, located at (213 W. 3rd Avenue). Youth can bring their trusted adult to play board games, pool, make art and hang out. See monthly schedule on our Facebook for weekly special activity.