mentoring

Fans are blowing in the classroom on a hot summer day as a group of Mount Vernon High School ninth-graders are building a high-powered microscope, their focus on a small tube where a lens is stuck.

It’s the final piece of the microscope that they’re putting together at Little Mountain…

Many of us have been fortunate to have benefitted from the good advice of mentors in our lives – perhaps a supportive parent, relative or teacher. But for some, role models can be absent, not readily apparent or even negative.

Years ago, when living in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I had a chance…

Western Washington University’s Compass 2 Campus has been recognized as a top mentoring program by Mentoring Works Washington.

Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as future college…

The sound of a busy intersection outside Julie’s Seattle apartment building leaves no time for any peace and quiet, but is certainly better than the homeless conditions she lived in with her daughter prior to receiving housing.

Julie is one of the many individuals who benefited last…

Growing up, Mount Vernon High School counselor Juan Espinoza didn’t see a lot of teachers who looked like him. As a Latino student, he remembers seeing only one Latino teacher — but a lot of Latino custodians.
“At the time, it was the norm,” Espinoza said. “No one was questioning it, so…

Fifth-graders from Washington Elementary School in Mount Vernon spent the day Tuesday not at their desks doing math problems or reading, but at college learning how to sew and design a costume.
It was the fifth annual Compass 2 Campus day at Western Washington University, where students…

About 900 fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties visited Western Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicked off the fifth year of Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in…

Faculty and staff are encouraged to register by Sept. 27 for Compass 2 Campus Tour Day, which is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Western Washington University.

The C2C program needs classroom visits, program visitations and interest presentations to showcase for the fifth grade…

The Compass 2 Campus program at Western Washington University is in a contest for a $25,000 award from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program to help support and inspire elementary , middle and high school kids to graduate from high school and consider…

In the study room at Greenwood Public Library, Maggie (not her real name) who is 38 and lives in the nearby Cate Apartments, and Carrie Danielson, a 33 year-old Western Washington University graduate, chat and laugh like old friends.

Actually, the women have known…

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