Learn About VOICE's Impact

Quote by Rita Pierson:

Wide Reach:

Issaquah School District students who had mentors during the 2019-2020 school year: 418

Big Impact:

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. ~From Mentoring.org

 Students We Supported in 2019-2020

  • Low Income: 167
  • Students of Color: 214
  • Experiencing Homelessness: 15
  • In Foster Care: 3
  • Immigrant: 44
  • 504: 72

What Mentors and Others Say About the VOICE Mentor Program

" Honestly, mentoring has changed my life, it’s been incredible." ~L.M.

" I think the VOICE program is a powerful force for good in the Issaquah School district. I have witnessed the power that a caring adult can have on a young person’s life again and again and am grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had to mentor” ~VOICE mentor 10+ years

"  I'm so proud of her and we both plan on continuing our friendship in the future. She plans on getting her Associates degree by next summer and hopefully on to university after that. I'm glad I had the opportunity to make a contribution to her success. Thanks to whomever paired me up with K.!!" ~ P.B. (a mentor talking about a student she started mentoring in 2nd grade, that is now graduating from high school)

" It has been an honor being a VOICE mentor and I honestly think that as much as I have helped my mentees grow, this program has also helped me grow in numerous ways." ~ V.U.

" Hey, my name is R.V. and I am trying to get into contact with S.S. He was my mentor in elementary and middle school and he has given me so much advice and joy through that period of time in my life and I want to get in contact with him to catch up and mainly to thank him... So S.S., if this is you thank you so much for all you did for me I am forever grateful for what you did for me and I want to have a conversation again to show you how my life has been." ~R.V. (past mentee who graduated a few years ago and wants to thank his VOICE mentor)

" We talked about why I come to see him...because I like him, because I believe in him, and to make sure he knows that he has strengths that are super cool and valuable! I made it clear that I'm not a tutor. He said "yeah, you always try to make things fun for me in this boring school." ~M.S. (mentor writing about a session with her mentee)

" Thank you for all that you do! This is such a great program. I would love to see every school district with a Mentor Program as well organized and supported as yours. Looking forward to making a difference." ~J.B.

" What an incredible gift our VOICE Mentors are to the students, families and staff of our district! As a middle school teacher, I've seen the power of these mentorships first-hand, for years. There's really no way to adequately express how great their impact has been in the lives of my students. If you want to have an incredible direct impact in the life of a young person, here's your opportunity." ~R.C. (ISD teacher)

" I've been doing this for many years and every child I've been matched with has shown drastic changes from the beginning to the end of the year. It's an honor to be part of such a transformation." ~

"I’d just like you to know that I really appreciate this program. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first began mentoring but now I look forward to it every week and it feels really good to know that I’m helping S. out just being there for her as a friend." ~K.B.

" A student who struggled with a number of personal obstacles shared with me that her mentor was someone she could talk to when things were not going well. The student felt like the mentor was someone she could trust and confide in, and knowing that she had that support helped her to do better in school. Her attendance improved significantly once she began to work with a mentor." ~N.C. (high school graduation specialist)

" As a retired teacher, having the opportunity to mentor a child through the VOICE Program, and to see how that child begins to thrive on the “one on one” attention, warms my heart that my skills as a classroom teacher can continue to make a difference.” ~J.U.

“ I always walk away from mentoring feeling good both about the student I support and myself, it is often times the best part of my week.” ~K.T.