Student Wellness: Integrated Student Support Program
The Integrated Student Support program is part of an ongoing effort to improve the health and well-being of our most vulnerable students in the Enumclaw Plateau communities. Since October 2018, the Foundation has collaborated with Enumclaw and White River school districts to bring outside community supports to our schools and students. A Fall 2018 needs assessment identified the two biggest areas of need in our middle schools: Mental Health Supports and a Community Mentor Program. With guidance from our Education Task Force and support from community partners, we have developed the following programs to support these areas of need.
ENUMCLAW SCHOOL DISTRICT IN-SCHOOL MENTAL HEATLH SERVICES
Mental health struggles among youth are now at a historic high. The Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation has made a bold commitment to provide our local students with much needed mental health support. With great thanks to the City of Enumclaw, the City of Black Diamond, Mutual of Enumclaw, and generous community donors, we will provide local middle and high school students two full-time, in-school licensed mental health counselors for the 2021-22 school year. We are so grateful for theses funding partners who have teamed up to care for our students.
BIG BROTHERS, BIG SISTERS COMMUNITY MENTOR PROGRAM
We have partnered with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Puget Sound to launch a volunteer community mentor program for youth in the Enumclaw Plateau region. Their mission is to create and support one-on-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise in youth. Community volunteer mentors are carefully matched with children based on mutual interests after a thorough interview process, setting up each match for long term success. Youth ages 5-19 can enroll in the program through the website. Due to COVID-19, the program is currently 100% virtual, with the hopes to return to in-person mentorship soon. Please contact Greta Huntley at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering as a mentor or have questions.