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What we do 

Our Model

Volunteer Mentors are the foundation of Rally Club Seattle

We take a collaborative approach to mentorship and provide mentors with opportunities, support, and resources they need to become effective mentors to teens.

Creating Connections, Building Community
 

We have a vision of creating a supportive community to surround youth throughout middle school and beyond. One that includes, youth, mentors, families, as well as teachers, coaches, and other caring people. Through our programming we focus on creating or strengthening several types of connection

 

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Mentors support and empower participants

Commitment

Mentors commit to spending time with youth in our afterschool program once a week for at least one year. Many mentors commit to more than that!

Individual Support

Our mentors get to know the children, parents, and teachers to celebrate strengths, and seek opportunities for development. Emphasis is on personal as well as academic growth

Encouragement

Mentors cheer for accomplishments large and small, from making a sports team, pushing through a challenge, or sending an email to a teacher advocating for themselves. We believe that teenagers can achieve anything they set their mind to.  

Current Programming:

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Afterschool Program

Our Afterschool Program is our primary offering. Mentors focus on getting to know youth and Rally Club provides a variety of activities to promote bonding and teambuilding, individualized academic support, and that youth and mentors enjoy. The focus is less on what the activity is, but that youth participate, are engaged, encouraged, and feel an overwhelming sense of welcoming and belonging.

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Field Trips/New Experiences

We organize trips to unique destinations and facilitate hands-on learning opportunities. Youth expand horizons and enjoy time with peers and mentors.

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Family Events

We offer various activities throughout the year that promote community involvement and strengthen the relationships between parents, children, and mentors.

Why we choose to start with middle schoolers:

Although it takes more time and effort to engage a middle schooler as compared to a younger child, once engaged you are more likely to maintain that engagement into high school.  The approach and needs may differ, but the trust and relationship will be built and can be leveraged to encourage good choices and a caring accountability throughout high school or even beyond.

 

 

 

Middle school can be a difficult and lonely time. Feelings of worthlessness and inadequacy over their grades, social status with peers, or family life can have a major effect on how a teen feels. Having a caring community of support behind a youth at this age can have a profound positive impact.

The tween and teen year can often be challenging times for kids to relate to their families. They want to be independent, but aren't always ready and they often challenge authority. A mentor is cross between an authority figure and a friend.  Studies show that kids with mentors have better relationships with their parents.

We really enjoy middle schoolers!  They can be sweet and silly like a younger child, but are old enough to talk about and tackle tough things.  And they keep it real!  

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