Community for Youth's mission is to inspire and support the social, emotional, and academic development of students through mentoring, learning experiences, and a powerful community.
Community for Youth (CfY) is a Seattle-based non-profit with over 30 years of experience changing the lives of teens in South Seattle through 1-on-1 mentorship, community building, and facilitated skills workshops. CfY is not just a mentoring organization-we’re a community. CfY has a unique model that has students and mentors meeting weekly in a variety of group sizes, including 1-on-1, in larger workshops of 40 student-mentor matches, and in small groups of 6 matches.
CfY serves high school students, ages 14-19 from South Seattle communities, who have self-identified as wanting additional support and community in their lives. We receive referrals from school staff as well as conduct general recruitment in schools. All students opt into the program.
CfY offers a mentoring program that steps past traditional mentoring practices and offers a "Critical Mentoring" experience that centers the young person, addresses systems and environments that shape young peoples' experiences, and partners with each young person to provide opportunity brokering and social change. We leverage the mentoring relationship to resist racism and oppression and bring equity to our schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, and community.
Community workshops and other CfY activities take place each week on either Tuesday or Thursday from 6:00-8:30 for the duration of the academic year (September-June). You choose which night of the week works best for you.