By Pam Horton, Digital and Crisis Communications Coordinator, WESD

The Washington Elementary School District is a proud member of 19 North! This new alliance will not only enhance the community, but the WESD schools located in the area. One way the WESD will be engaging with 19 North is through its new mentoring program.

The WESD Safety and Security Department will work with three schools – Royal Palm Middle SchoolOrangewood School and Maryland School, in conjunction with our friends at Open Door Fellowship, Councilman Daniel Valenzuela’s office, the Phoenix Police Department and District social workers, to pair students with mentors to boost their grades and attendance.

Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Children who receive the care and guidance of a mentor are

  • 55% more likely to enroll in college;
  • 78% more likely to volunteer regularly; and
  • 90% are interested in becoming a mentor.

The WESD is currently recruiting and training mentors, while at the same time, identifying students who would benefit from a mentor. Mentors are asked to commit one year to a student and visit with him or her for at least 15 minutes a week. Together, they will establish goals and progress (improved attendance and grades) will be measured. Of course, it’s important to celebrate successes, and opportunities will be available to participate in free events and win special awards, thanks to our business partners.

If you or someone you know would like to participate in the 7 Anchors Mentoring Program, please contact Shannon McBride at


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