Our Mentoring Model 

Our Unique and Effective Mentoring Model

The Route 21 mentoring model has been refined over a period of 10 years while serving the most vulnerable and underserved youth.


Over a period of 10 years our mentoring model only served the most vulnerable students in Seattle public schools. Our outcomes compared to those of their peers have been outstanding.

High School Graduation Rates

Peers 67%
The Most Vulnerable 90%

College Graduation Rates

Peers 37%
Mentors 80%


"Pit Crew"

A team that helps refresh, equip and care for the Mentor.


Young adults who also grew up in care are paid to be a mentor to youth currently in care.


High school aged youth who were or are in care are mentored by someone who grew up in care themselves.



Once a week during the school year mentors and youth have breakfast together before school. Mentor and youth talk about life, school, grades and some of the Route 21 curriculum.


Twice a month the whole cohort does group outings like movies, go karts and paintball. The group time together makes memories, forms trusted bonds and helps relieve the pressures of life.


Quarterly mentors and youth meet as a group to learn about life skills related to our acronym W.H.E.E.L.S.: Wealth, Health, Education, Emotions, Life Skills and Spiritual. Youth get to steer the direction of their own development.

1,000 YEARS

Route 21 is working on putting 1,000 years of experience into it’s new curriculum to tailor to the needs of youth in care. The advice is coming from youth in care, those that grew up in care, foster care parents and those who work in the field. Do you know someone in one of those four categories? We would love to meet them and learn from their experiences. Contact Us

Years So Far