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Mentoring program at Ferndale High School reports progress

FERNDALE, Wash. — A new mentoring program at Ferndale High School recently released some details about their accomplishments in 2019 and what they are needing in 2020.

The “Be The One” mentoring program came to the Ferndale School District during the 2018-2019 school year. It is a program sponsored by Partners for Schools, a non-profit organization founded in Lynden in 2010. At the time, over 150 students at Lynden High and Middle Schools had participated in the program according to Partners for Schools co-founder Nancy McHarness.

“Be The One” students are connected with an adult that matches their interests and personality. For 1 hour a week students meet with their mentor at school in a safe and positive environment.

A common misconception is that mentorship is only for troubled youth. That’s not true at all. Mentorship is open to all youth.

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Mentorship also benefits adults. In the business world, it is an honor to have a mentor.

From “Be the One” website.

The program at Ferndale High School is supported by the Community Engagement team of Scott and Anita Locker and Community Mentor Coordinator Annie Anderson. They recently published their progress and needs as of the end of 2019.

  • 32 active matches
  • 3 mentors (2 male, 1 female) in the waiting pool – 8 more onboarding
  • 11 mentees (2 male, 7 female) in waiting pool – 15 more onboarding (mostly female)
  • New mentor orientations: 9 people attended in December – 8 continuing on to mentor
  • Goal: 50 active matches by end of the school year

Anyone interested in becoming a mentor is encouraged to complete a Mentor Interest Form on their website and a “Be the One” mentor coordinator will follow up.

The annual budget for “Be The One” in the Ferndale School District is $62,000. The program is community driven and 100% funded by donations from individuals, businesses and civic groups.

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Anyone interested in providing financial support is encouraged to visit the online support donation page on the “Be the One” website.

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