Eastside Pathways: Collective Mentorship

There is a movement to look beyond academic outcomes to include “whole child” measure to bridge the achievement gap, particularly with our students of color. Over the last few years Bellevue School District (BSD) has been leading by developing one-day experiences like BOOM & SHOUT, integrating socio-emotional learning into their strategies and convening community to discuss the impacts of racism.

As BSD’s leadership tuned into youth voices the theme of mentorship emerged, particularly with folks who “look like” the youth. Youth stated that “they really care about me… it’s not just about my grades or my attendance”.

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