Empower Mentoring Program works with the students at Denny International Middle School, in Seattle, Washington. Our mission is to create lasting relationships between mentor and student, in which the student feels empowered to take responsibility for their own life.
Empower Mentoring Program, like many other organizations, was really just a dream. Our founder and executive director, while in college, remembered how being a part of a mentoring program in high school really helped her succeed, but many of her peers, it seemed to not be enough, or realistically, too late. So, as a homework assignment for a class, she created the program that started this all.
There has been many changes, but instead of waiting for years, Julia, along with a few fellow University of Washington graduates, came together soon after graduation in 2013 and founded Empower Mentoring Program.
The program started in the fall of 2013 with the 6th grade class at Denny International Middle School. With a very meager budget, little support in terms of volunteers, and many other start up struggles, the program flourished. The students and mentors came together, bonded, grew in their relationships, and many of the students have come back to continue the program as 7th grade students.
One-on-One Middle School Mentoring
EMPOWER is a three year empower based mentor program. It is designed for incoming 6th grade students to be matched with one mentor, who would follow that student through the program until their 8th grade year.
EMPOWER uses age appropriate e-mentoring along with the one-on-one in person mentoring. For the 6th grade year the students will learn about internet safety through different workshops. During the 7th grade year the students will correspond with their mentors through emails, learning about emailing safety, and the proper way of using email as communication. Then in the 8th grade year the students will engage in a monthly web chat with their mentor, learning about changing technology, safety of online web chats, and also social media safety.
Mentors and students meet three times a month. Twice a month, are one-on-one meetings, where the mentor and student get to know each other, while the third meeting is a monthly workshop where the whole group comes together and learns about different tools that can help the student navigate middle school society, and deal with the many other issues they are dealing with during that time in their life.
High School Junior Mentors
We are currently implementing high school junior mentors to help lead workshops, and add another layer of support for the middle school students.