Leveraging Volunteer Service
Join a Growing Corps of Volunteers in Service to Seattle's Children and Youth
Be a caring adult in the lives of children and youth.
The opportunity and achievement gaps facing Seattle's children and youth are a critical social justice issue for our city. Helping all children and youth be successful in school and in life while closing those gaps has been one of Mayor McGinn's top priorities both on his campaign and since the beginning of his administration. It's the reason that he launched the Youth and Families Initiative during his first week in office, and it informs our work as a "City of Service" with mayors across the country making a call to action to volunteer and help address the most pressing community needs that can't be solved by government alone. In Seattle, Mayor McGinn has chosen to focus on three key indicators research says support children and youth to be successful:
We do this by recruiting caring adults to become volunteer tutors and mentors while at the same time building the volunteer capacity of the schools and organizations who are supporting these youth. Each of these initiatives in early literacy, out of school programs, and mentorship emerged as top priorities from the Youth and Families Initiative process last year. The initiatives include key partners such as Washington Reading Corps, Seattle Public Schools, Seattle Parks and Recreation, YMCA of Greater Seattle, 4C Coalition, Seattle Cares Mentoring Movement, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, the United Way of King County, and Seattle Works. And, we recently welcomed two AmeriCorps VISTA National Service volunteers, Jennie Morrison and Jennifer Kim to spearhead these efforts over the next year. Our office also just helped to launch a city-wide attendance campaign called Be Here, Get There that’s focused on reducing absences for at-risk youth.
If you’re interested in helping us support Seattle’s children and youth, please talk to Mariah Pepper with Youth Tutoring Program at email@example.com or Danielle Holing with United Way of King County at firstname.lastname@example.org or Daisy Catague at Daisy.Catague@seattle.gov or 206-615-0303. To learn more about how you can get involved with Be Here, Get There, contact Ainsley Close at Ainsley.email@example.com or 206-233-2661.
We are proud to thank our partners who are making high impact volunteer strategies a priority for our city and in cities across the country:
"Caring adults in the lives of young people make Seattle a better place not just for our kids today, but for all of us and for our future."
United Way of King County
Be Here, Get There
Other volunteer opportunities
Volunteer opportunities with the City
For Mentoring contact The 4C Coalition, Seattle Cares Mentoring Movement, or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound.
For Out-of-School Time programs with middle school Community Learning Centers, contact Daisy Catague at Daisy.Catague@seattle.gov or 206-615-0303.