Building Futures

YMCA Building Futures Youth Mentoring is available for local students.

Building Futures is a school-based mentoring program that matches local students with caring, supportive, and stable adult mentors. Mentors and their “Buddies” meet for one hour per week on school grounds, where they play games, read, make crafts, tell stories, and more! These students are referred by their teachers, and occasionally by their parents, as children who would benefit from having some one-on-one time with a caring adult role model. Though some of these students struggle academically, this is not simply a tutoring program—it is our goal that with strong positive influences in their lives, these children will learn self-confidence and trust, and will be better prepared to succeed in the future. 

Pre-existing Building Futures matches begin meeting in September 2016. New matches are being made now.

Kids with mentors are
*52% less likely to skip school
*30% less likely to hit someone in frustration or anger
*46% less likely to start using drugs

Building Futures is a school based mentoring program currently in the Port Townsend and Chimacum school districts and Quilcene.

Volunteers are high school students, caring adults and retirees, who want to make an impact in a child’s life.  The mentees are students who are referred by teachers, counselors, and occasionally parents.  The “matches” meet weekly for an hour at school to playing sports, reading books, writing stories, creating art for example.

One hour DOES make a difference
*School attendance improves
*Encourages higher education
*Fosters positive
*Builds self-esteem
*Increases trust

Contact our Building Futures Coordinator, Dana Nixon for more information.
Dana@olympicpeninsulaymca.org
360.385.5811 ex 207