PALS Mentor Program

The PALS (Partners in Learning Success) Mentoring Program is a school based mentoring program that fosters a partnership between schools, the community, and families. County employees, school district staff, and community members are matched with elementary school children that need additional support from caring adult role models.

Students are referred to the program by school staff members that feel they would benefit from a positive adult relationship. Each school has a school coordinator that interviews the mentors to get a good feel for their personality enabling them to make a good mentoring match. The school coordinator sends a letter and parent permission form to the families explaining the program and inviting their child to participate. Once the permission forms are returned and the mentors have gone through a two hour training they are matched to a student. The school coordinator introduces the mentor to the child’s teacher where they gain further insight into the child and the time of the visits is decided. The school coordinator introduces the student to their mentor and provides ongoing support to the mentors. They meet for approximately 45 minutes once a week throughout the school year.

For more information, contact Val Kimball, PALS coordinator at 360-443-3579.

View PAL program brochure

Download an application form

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