Our mission is to create communities where all children of all abilities are celebrated and we do this by providing dedicated young mentors to children who are in need of a friend! Athletes For Kids is a youth mentoring program that specifically serves children with special needs and disabilities of all kinds here in the eastside Seattle area. The “Kids” in our name are children grades 1-8 being mentored by our program. The “Athletes” are high school athletes who make a commitment to mentor one child for the duration of their high school career.
Children come to our program from a wide variety of backgrounds and have different reasons for seeking a mentoring relationship with us. They benefit significantly from their time spent with an older role model. Athletes For Kids has successfully helped children with autism, ADHD, depression, a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities, as well as children who counselors feel just need a special friend in their lives. We have matched 1st graders through 9th graders from public, private and home schools.
Our mentors have a unique impact because of their age and their perceived status as athletes in the community. They are proven, responsible young members of society motivated to succeed in school and their chosen sport who are committed to sharing their gifts and passion with the greater community. We carefully screen and accept only highly qualified applicants.
We would love to have you join us as part of our community of support – as a parent of a child participant, as a parent of a mentor Athlete or as a volunteer! Please feel free to reach out to us here at Athletes For Kids if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
If you know of a family or a child who might benefit from our program, please share this email or our contact infromation. Thanks!