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September 5, 2016 Mentors needed; Nonprofit Community for Youth recruiting volunteers
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By Lindsay Peyton

It’s all in the name.

Community for Youth is a nonprofit connecting high school students to the greater community through a mentorship program.

Executive director Mark Takehara said the structure sets the organization apart.

“The curriculum is all about community,” he said. “That’s something other youth development programs don’t do.”

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Takehara assumed his post two years ago. “We’ve experienced tremendous growth since then,” he said.

During the 2014-2015 school year, the group helped 88 students. The following year, the number went up to 125.

This year, Community for Youth hopes to reach 160 students.

“Right now is our busiest time of year, trying to recruit mentors,” Takehara said. “We can really only serve as many students as we have mentors.”

Volunteers work with students from Chief Sealth, Cleveland, Garfield, South Lake, Rainier Beach and Franklin High Schools.

“Each of our students is unique, so we value having each of our mentors being different,” Takehara said.

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