January is National Mentoring Month, which is a great time to reflect on ourselves, our relationships, and how we can be great role models for children and youth. This month’s Playful Guide takes a look at this recognition month, some resources in our community that work to make Pierce County welcoming for our youngest citizens, and a curated list of picture books that warm our hearts with themes of mentorship!
Did you know?
Mentors can be and are teachers, but there are so many different ways that we can all be mentors to children and youth. To learn more about National Mentoring Month, visit Mentoring.org.
Child and Youth Centered Communities
Looking to support local youth and their families? Child and Youth Centered Communities, or CYC, aims to make Pierce County a great place to grow up! There are many ways that each of us, at any level of the community, can contribute to a more safe and welcoming environment, reduce youth violence, and more. To learn more, visit greentrike.org/child-and-youth-centered.
Know any businesses that are particularly welcoming to children in youth? CYC wants to hear about them! Contact Becca Schrack with the business’s name and details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Krownless Kings is a nonprofit organization with mentorship programming that serves a wide portion of Pierce County. This organization emphasizes the importance of artistic expression to learning, and works to provide the safe space and tools for children, youth, and adults to explore their interests.
Check out our interview with artist and executive director Idris Joyce, where we discuss programming that Krownless Kings held in partnership with Greentrike and the Tacoma Housing Authority at greentrike.org/blog/krownless-kings.
You can also check out their website at KrownlessKings.org.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Puget Sound
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound connects children and youth ages 6 – 20 and volunteer mentors in order to create and support 1-1 mentoring relationships based on proximity, interests, and personality.
Learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound, including how to volunteer or enroll a child, at InspireBig.org.