W.F. West Mentoring Program

On October 22, the W.F. West Mentoring Program hosted an Information Night and Training for community members interested in becoming mentors for the Class of 2019.

The mentorship program gives W.F. West seniors the opportunity to network and gain insights from professionals in the community as they prepare for graduation and beyond.

Mentors will work with seniors once per month from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. the second Monday of every month beginning November 19, 2018 through May 13, 2019. There is no specific requirement for mentors in terms of profession or academic degree.

Thank you to several mentors from the Class of 2018 who shared their insights and experience with the group at this event.  Representatives from the Class of 2019 also shared the knowledge they hope to gain from the mentoring partnership.

Attorney and past mentor Peter J. Abbarno, complimented the program.  “It is very gratifying to see the growth of these students as they prepare to embark on the next chapter in their life” said Abbarno. “As a mentor, I listen to the student’s needs, hopes, and dreams and provide whatever wisdom I can based on my life experience. It truly is a very special and unique program. The mentorship program through W.F. West helps prepare our students for success by exposing them to real life issues they will undoubtedly will face after graduation.”

“There is no greater thing we can do as a society than invest into our youth,” said mentor Shane Wood, Business Development Officer for TwinStar Credit Union.  “I have greatly enjoyed getting to know the students of W.F. West and I hope I have given them some insights that will help them achieve their goals and dreams after high school.”

“As an Alumni of the Chehalis School District, when the opportunity arose to get involved in the Mentorship Program I knew it would be something that would significantly impact our students,” said Trevor Elliott, Senior Advisor, HUB NW Insurance. “What many of us mentors took away was not only are our students bright and well-spoken but they are being given every resource imaginable by their teachers, counselors and administrators to succeed at the next level. The District partnering with Community Mentorship has brought outside support to come alongside the District to push our students to be more ready for college, career or life when they walk out of our doors!”

“We are humbled by the support of this community and our alumni for their commitment to help better prepare our students as they transition beyond the doors of W.F. West High School,” said Autumn Ledgerwood, Chehalis School District Mentor Coordinator.

An amazing group of mentors has already committed to working with the Class of 2019 and anyone still interested in becoming a mentor can contact Autumn Ledgerwood at 360-807-7230, ext 4003, or aledgerwood@chehalisschools.org.  Mentoring will begin on November 19.

Pictured: Mentors from the Class of 2018 will be continuing on with the Class of 2019 (left to right), M’linda Speck, Peter Abbarno, Trevor Elliott, Shane Wood, and Roberta Haakenson.

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