The Department of Education and Early Learning (DEEL) has updated and expanded the Culturally Specific and Responsive (CSR) Mentoring Roster. DEEL created the roster to advance the overarching goals of the voter-approved Families, Education, Preschool and Promise (FEPP) Levy. Dollars awarded through the CSR Mentoring funding strategy aim to foster healthy identity, provide cultural knowledge and build academic success for Black/African American males and other historically underserved student populations.
The roster is a diverse list of mentoring community-based organizations (CBOs) of color, majority Black-led, and approved through DEEL to provide culturally relevant mentoring services to the focus population. Roster selection entailed a panel process that included youth, staff from Seattle Public Schools (SPS), community organizations, and DEEL staff. The roster includes:
- El Centro de la Raza
- 4C Coalition
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound
- Project M.I.S.T.E.R.
- West African Community Council
- M.U.S.T. Mentoring
- Life Enrichment Group
- Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement
- Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
- ACE Academy
- Seattle Parks and Recreation
NOTE: The roster is not a comprehensive list of CBOs providing culturally relevant mentoring services in Seattle.
Applications for the CSR Mentoring Roster will re-open on every two years. Organizations interested in learning more about the roster process can visit DEEL’s website.