Request A Mentor
Register with the AFK Mentorship Program
Do you have a child who has a disability or special need? Do you have a desire for your child to make a meaningful connection with an older role model, while having fun and trying new things?
If so, AFK Youth Mentoring may be a great experience for your child and family. We currently serve children who have a wide range of disabilities, including ASD; ADHD; developmental, learning, and physical disabilities; anxiety; depression; and more. Several children we serve are referred by teachers, counselors, doctors, and other service providers.
Our goal is to provide your child with a meaningful, helpful, and fun experience with an AFK Youth Mentor.
There are many costs associated with operating the AFK Youth Mentoring Program. Athletes For Kids spends approximately $1,200 to maintain and support each mentorship per year. We ask all mentee families for a nominal mentorship fee of $240/year, payable monthly, quarterly, or annually beginning once the child has been matched. Your contribution directly supports your child’s participation in the program. Full and partial scholarships are available for those who apply.
*Note: Mentorship Fees are not considered to be donations to the organization. These payments are made in exchange for mentor services provided by AFK. Please consult your employer for further information about which payments qualify for your employer to match.
Currently we serve children in the 1st through 12th grades who live within a 10-mile radius of an available AFK mentor. Eligible mentors play a sport at one of the following high schools:
- Skyline, Eastlake, and Eastside Catholic High Schools, Sammamish, WA
- Issaquah High School, Issaquah, WA
- Liberty High School, Renton, WA
- Redmond High Schools, Redmond, WA
- Newport High School, Bellevue, WA
- Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA
- Mercer Island High School, Mercer Island, WA
- Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, WA
Our athlete mentors have an amazing opportunity to model acceptance and inclusion for their communities both at home and at school. They have a passion to not only succeed in school and sports, but in building a trusting partnership with the child they mentor. They are responsible, committed, and desire to share their gifts and passion with the children they mentor.
SCREENING AND TRAINING
AFK carefully screens and accepts only highly qualified applicants. Following an interview with the Executive Director and Program Manager, an applicant must provide 3 letters of recommendation from a coach, teacher, and other adult. If chosen to become an AFK mentor, they are invited to a 4-hour intensive new mentor training. Once training is complete a mentor is available to be matched with child whose parent(s) have attended a new Mentee Parent Orientation. Mentors continue to receive support and ongoing training at their monthly chapter meetings.