Mentoring is a MUST

Growing Black men from the hardest soil

Our mission is to find African-American near-peer men to help spring African-American boys free from the hardest generational cycles of poverty through long-term paid mentoring.

Our Mentoring Model

MUST hires positive Black male college students as mentors for vulnerable Black male high school students.

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Get Involved

MUST provides a Coach for college students to help them navigate life, college, and being a mentor. The college students then mentor the youth all four years of high school. Mentors get the help they need to finish their higher education and youth get a positive male role model who grew up in a similar environment to themselves.

Youth begin to think… “He comes from the same place I do. If he can do it… so can I!”

The Results

After serving the most vulnerable Black male youth in Seattle since 2012, MUST has produced outstanding results.

The estimated Social Return on Investment (ROI) is 7.71.


College Attendance


Estimated Net Lifetime Value


Black HS Graduation Rate (5yrs) MUST (Seattle 73%)

How the community describes MUST...

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Our COVID-19 Response,

With COVID-19 on the rise again in the United States and the new Delta strain emerged, we at MUST are actively and continually educating ourselves and staying updated on CDC guidelines and state protocols. The safety of our mentees and mentors and staff is critically important to us, and the executive team has come together to mandate some safety measures going forward for ALL STAFF & participants.

Transportation - Masks will be worn while driving in vehicles by both mentors and mentees.  We are also taking extra guidelines, when weather permits, our mentors will drive with two windows down to ensure airflow. All vehicles will be equipped with hand sanitizer to provide to mentees as they enter and leave the mentor’s vehicle.

Event Mask Requirement - Extra masks will be available for all mentees. Mentors & mentees must wear masks during indoor events and follow CDC or local business guidelines.

Cleaning and Sanitizing - Before pick up and after youth drop-off, MUST staff will clean and sanitize their vehicle by wiping the seats and door handles with sanitizing wipes or spraying with disinfectant spray.

We are keeping a close eye on the new Delta variant and the rise of COVID-19 and the safety of our staff and mentees is our top priority.

If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact Siobhan Gordon

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