LIHI/WWU Mentoring Partnership

What is the WWU/LIHI Mentoring Project?

The Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI) and Western Washington University Woodring College of Education are partnering for a community based mentoring project. The project is a $30,000 initiative sponsored by Bruce Shepard, President of Western Washington University.  It seeks to emphasize Western's support of social justice, inclusion and diversity in education.

Mentors are from North Seattle Community College, Seattle Central Community College, and South Seattle Community College. The mentors engage in one-on-one tutoring empowering LIHI residents to develop digital and job hunting and soft skills. The project is based in Seattle and is one year long. 

Residents meet once a week with a tutor to work on digital skills, anything from writing an e-mail to a family member, to creating a resume or applying for a job online.

Western's role is to facilitate the action research project by recruiting tutors, providing online training concerning cultural sensitivity and adult education, and conducting pre and post project research.

LIHI provides affordable housing in six counties in Western Washington and is responsible for housing over 4,000 people. Many of the LIHI residents have come from homelessness or are refugees.

Why I Want to Be a Mentor

Community college students tutored LiHi residents in digital literacy and other skills and attended a WWU training. This is the first day of the training, which was experiential and involved the mentors telling their stories.

A Brief Tour of the LIHI/WWU Online Training Modules

These mentors attended a 12-week training on participatory action research (PAR) through WWU. They learned and practiced PAR and gained foundational knowledge that assisted them with their tutoring in: Issues of of homelessness and transitioning out of it, cross-cultural communication, digital literacy, mentoring, and community-based education.

2014 Project Evaluation Published - click this link to see the 2014 Project Evaluation

For more information about LIHI check out their blog here