Winterfeast

The 25th annual Winterfeast was held in celebration of the CIAC's Kids Can Do! mentoring and ETC tutoring programs. Children from these programs came with their families to share this fun-filled night and a traditional holiday feast with their mentors or tutors.

Kids Can Do! Mentoring Program

"Don't lead me; I may not follow.
Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Walk beside me and be my friend."

-Anonymous

Kids Can Do! works through the Spirituality, Service, & Social Justice Department at the University of Puget Sound to pair college students with Tacoma youth to serve as mentors, role models, and friends. Our purpose is to expose Tacoma youth to higher education and help them achieve their full potential, while giving Puget Sound students the opportunity to learn from and give back to the community. Our program fosters long-term relationships that have a positive impact on the lives of those involved. 

Kids Can Do! coordinators organize training sessions at the beginning of each semester to assist volunteers in bridging any gaps between them and their assigned mentee. Kids Can Do! coordinators also support mentors by communicating through weekly newsletters and being readily available throughout the academic year. 

For interested mentors: There is a 2-4 hours per week obligation of one-on-one time with your assigned mentee. Kids Can Do! engages participants in monthly activities free of cost to mentors and mentees' families, such as trips to Point Defiance Zoo, Seattle Mariners' games, the Tacoma Glass Museum, and the annual Winterfeast gift-giving celebration. Mentors are expected to attend these monthly activities planned by the Kids Can Do! coordinators. 

If you are interested in mentoring, download the Mentor Application and submit it via email to the program coordinators at kids@pugetsound.edu