Building Futures

Mentoring Local Youth


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 to the Y 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 mission that with strong positive influences in their lives, these children will learn self-confidence, trust and will be better prepared to succeed in the future!

Youth 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

One hour DOES make a difference!

  • School attendance improves
  • Encourages higher education
  • Fosters positive behavior
  • Builds self-esteem
  • Increases trust

This program is a school based mentoring program in partnership with the Port Townsend and Chimacum School Districts and Quilcene. Pre-existing Building Futures matches begin in September at the start of the school year. New matches are being made everyday!

Please consider becoming a volunteer mentor at any of these school locations: Chimacum Primary, Elementary or Middle School; Salish Coast Elementary; Blue Heron Middle School; Quilcene Elementary or Middle School.

Thanks to the generous donations of your local community this program is at no cost to the mentor or the participant. If you would like to donate to Building Futures or a program just like this that impacts your community please click on the link below.


Become a Mentor

You can positively influence lives in your own community with the Y! 
Volunteers help nurture youth, improve health and well-being, and assist our neighbors in need. We value your time and enthusiasm, and look forward to creating a fun, fulfilling volunteer experience for you. Volunteers are high school students, caring adults and retirees who want to make an impact in a child’s life.  The youth participant is a student who is referred by teachers, counselors, and parents to become a part of Building Futures program. The “matches” meet weekly for an hour at school to play sports, read books, write stories, create art and so much more.


For more information please contact:
Dana Nixon
YMCA of Jefferson County
Building Futures Coordinator
360.385.5811 ex. 207