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Thanks for your help in giving students access to mentors in Ferndale and Lynden!

How does this all work?

Two Essential Ingredients: Mentors and Money

Mentors: We need caring adults willing to invest one hour a week as a mentor to build a relationship with one young person. Every mentor has the potential to impact a student’s life through high school graduation and beyond.

Mentor FAQ

Money: BTO is a program of Partners For Schools, a qualified 501c3.PFS funds a full-time Be the One mentor coordinator position at each school as a gift from the community. As a critical component of the program, the mentor coordinator successfully matches students with mentors, and supports their developing relationships through frequent check-ins and on-going training.

Giving FAQ

The BTO Community Engagement Team in each community takes responsibility for ensuring on-going community funding and mentor recruitment for the long-term sustainability of youth mentoring. 

All Be the One Community Mentoring Programs are 100% locally funded by individuals, businesses, and organizations committed to ensuring our youth have access to a quality mentoring relationship.

You can make a difference in Ferndale or Lynden:

  1.     Volunteer to Mentor

  2. Donate any amount today

  3. Partner—a monthly donation

  4. Sponsor—a 3-year commitment of $500 or more per year

  5.     Join the Ferndale or Lynden Community Engagement Team

Upcoming Mentor Equipping Sessions

Join us for upcoming Mentor Equipping Sessions.

November 19/20 Monday, 6:30-8:00pm or Tuesday 8:30-10:00 am
February 11/12 Monday, 6:30-8:00pm or Tuesday 8:30-10:00 am
March 11/12 Monday, 6:30-8:00pm or Tuesday 8:30-10:00 am

November’s topic is “Resilience” with guest teacher Mike Black, who is a certified school counselor and professional therapist.

Saturday School isn't old school punishment!

Saturday School is Principal Ian Freeman's brilliant idea. He wanted to make a hearty breakfast and homework help available to LHS student's once a month. We are told some students come for the hot breakfast and end up staying due to the great positive atmosphere of the study hall!

Last Saturday 24 students student's participated. Thanks to NHS volunteers who make homework help possible.

A special shout out this week to Lynden Safeway for donating the food and to Woods Coffee for donating the hot drinks. Breakfast was cooked and served by Nancy and Denny McHarness, our "up for anything" and hugely generous partners in the Be The One Mentoring Program.

Lynden Mentor Coordinator Reports 3-30-2018

Lynden Mentor Coordinator Reports 3-30-2018

She trusted her mentor to share this heavy load for the first time... Together we were able to get her in to mental health counseling.  I’m so glad she had her mentor to talk to in this critical moment.  Relationships save lives. 

... They have been working on self-advocating: because the student lacks confidence and is frequently indecisive,... that skill is translating to other parts of his life.  ... He now trusts his mentor and is starting to open up about more serious concerns in his life. Small steps make a difference. 

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The Mentoring Effect

The Mentoring Effect

Following is a summary of The Mentoring Effect—a 2014 study Published by MENTOR which was the first ever study of young people’s perspectives and experience.  18-24 year old’s were interviewed about impact of previous mentoring on their lives. In the past 20 years—mentored youth in the US has grown from 300,00 to 4.5 million, but still 1/3 of youth report they have never had a mentor (prior to turning 19).

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