Peer Mentoring Matches Climb High

This year’s program got off to a fast start when 24 students spent Friday September 19th at The Firs portable challenge and high-ropes course. Two CIS site coordinators took 24 students for a day of personal challenge. At the end of a tired day there were positive stories to take away.

According to Ashley Geleynce, CIS Site Coordinator, everyone participated and had fun but there were some highlights. “One beginning match has been slow to connect this year. During the day at the ropes course, each one, mentor and mentee, came up to me separately and told me that the activities were great and were really helping them get to know each other. It was really good to hear.”

This is the fifth year of mentoring and graduation coaching at Sehome. Community volunteers spend an hour a week meeting and talking with students about what it takes to reach personal goals..

Geleynce also manages a caseload of about 50 students, making sure they have all they need to be successful. At other sites, programs are slightly different but all aim to give kids the supports they need to be successful in school and life. These include tutoring, planning and organizing, help meeting basic needs, supporting enrichment activities, family engagement and more.

Volunteers interested in mentoring, tutoring, coaching, volunteering in schools or board service can do so by clicking the link below or by emailing us at info@ciswhatcom.org.