: Seeing the problems of so many of the youth in the northwest area Seattle, Greg Ingle and a handful of concerned community members decided to create a way to reach out to the youth in the neighborhoods. In July, 2005, Youth Wise was started as a faith-based 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, and in October of that year the Youth Wise Outreach
approach to reaching kids began in the Ballard neighborhood of northwest Seattle. Youth Wise Outreach employed full-time youth leaders to 1) live and grow together in community (community living was offered but not required) 2) volunteer and serve kids in the programs of the local neighborhood and schools and 3) collaborate with faith-based outreach organizations and churches by serving in their programs. In this way the full-time Outreach leaders served as free labor to the community in order to help kids. We ended our Outreach model in June of 2016.
: Over the years, it was noticed that what the kids in the community needed even more than group oriented youth programs was the consistent, one-on-one relationship of a caring adult friend. They needed someone to be consistently emotionally there for them. With many national studies and books on the subject available, it became evident that youth mentoring was the direction that Youth Wise needed to go. In 2014 the ground work for Youth Wise Mentoring began to be laid by designing a mentoring model that follows the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring provided by the National Mentoring Partnership.
In June, 2016, Youth Wise Mentoring
was launched. Youth Wise Mentoring works in two ways: 1) it is a matching agency that directly matches kids with mentors and provides ongoing mentor training and supervision and 2) through its Mentoring Alliance
it trains churches and organizations how to adopt the Youth Wise Mentoring model so they can become successful matching mentoring agencies (available in November, 2019).