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VOICE Mentors Continue their Positive Influence on ISD Kids from a Distance

Posted by Devin Felix on 28 January, 2021

Like so many things over the past year, Issaquah School District’s VOICE Mentor Program has been forced to make some difficult changes, but the program’s committed staff and volunteers haven’t let that stop them from having a positive impact for students.

During the pandemic, many volunteer mentors have been meeting with their students remotely by Zoom, and even more have been exchanging emails, cards, letters, drawings and other mailed correspondence with their students.

VOICE Mentors are adult and high school-aged community volunteers who connect one-on-one with ISD children who can benefit from a relationship with a caring adult or older student. In past years, mentors and students have met weekly and spent their time together working on academic progress, social skills, emotional development, or whatever else could benefit the student. They look forward to a time they can meet in person again.

January is National Mentoring Month, a great time to recognize the importance of mentors in the lives of young people and to honor our VOICE volunteers.

Learn more on the VOICE website, or you can check out videos highlighting some of our mentors.

To learn more about VOICE’s efforts to connect with students during the pandemic, check out Liberty High student Rachel Matteson’s article in Liberty’s Patriot Press.

Handwritten letter from a student to a mentor