Our Unique Mentorship Model

Athletes for Kids serves children in 1st through 9th grade who have special needs and disabilities of all kinds. We carefully match each child with a qualified high school athlete who commits to mentoring a child for one to three years. Once a mentorship is formed, the pair will meet two to four times a month.

Mentor candidates are referred to our program by other AFK Mentors, Coaches, Athletic Directors, Teachers, and Community members. Every applicant must pass a thorough screening and background check before being accepted into our program. Once selected, they are required to attend an intense training, followed by monthly meetings to receive ongoing support, guidance, and training.

History

Founded on the idea that friendship has the power to restore a child’s faith in life, we were incorporated as a non-profit in 2002. Since that time, we have grown into an organization serving children in the cities of Bellevue, Issaquah, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Newcastle, Redmond, Renton, Sammamish, and Woodinville. We now serve over 300 youth annually, and have served over 1,200 youth since our founding.

Leadership

Our Board of Directors is composed of dedicated community leaders. They are local business leaders and community members who are dedicated to helping children. Their oversight and direction provide the leadership that is vital to our ability to provide services now and well into the future.