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 Black males in Seattle public schools. Our outcomes compared to those of their peers have been outstanding.

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Caring and adults who equip and
refresh the Mentors.


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


High school aged youth currently in care are mentored by someone who also grew up in care.



Connections - Breakfast

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. 


Connections - Outings

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. 


Connections - Skills

Quarterly the cohort does independent life skill lessons like doing your laundry, cooking, finances and social queues. These sessions are helping build an on ramp to a self sustaining adulthood.


1,000 YEARS

Route 21 is working on putting 1,000 years of experience into it’s new curriculum. 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