LIHI/WWU Mentoring Partnership

What is the LIHI/WWU Mentoring Project?


The LIHI/WWU Mentoring Project trains tutors who make a difference in the lives of transitional housing residents living in LIHI residences, by providing them with one-on-one tutoring in digital literacy skills, job search skills, communications skills, or other skills that the resident may need to become more self-sufficient. The tutors also may provide mentoring for the resident should they need, or ask for additional support.

Offered to Seattle College students by a partnership between Western Washington University (WWU) and The Low Income Housing Institute of Seattle (LIHI), the program begins on the first day of fall or spring quarters, and each cohort lasts for 12 weeks.

At the beginning of each cohort LIHI matches the tutors with a resident, and that person tutors the same resident for the duration of the program. During that period, the tutors are expected to tutor an average of 1.5 hours per week, and complete at least 10 tutoring sessions.

Tutors are also concurrently enrolled in an experiential, discussion-based online training course offered through WWU, that provides the tutors with training in strategies used to support transitional housing residents including Participatory Action Research, mentoring skills, and community-based education.

The tutors are expected to participate in the online course approximately 3 hours per week over the 12 weeks. No credit is offered, but tutors receive an honorarium of $500 dollars upon completing the online training, which includes creating a Participatory Action Project, to help offset expense incurred by participating in the program.

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.

LIHI provides affordable housing in six counties in Western Washington and is responsible for housing over 4,000 people. Many of the residents have had prior experiences with homelessness.


Below: The tutors begin the program with a face-to-face orientation session pictured in the following video. 

Why I Want to Be a Mentor


Below: The tutors participate in an online training course concurrently with their tutoring. The screencast below provides an overview of the training.

A Brief Tour of the LIHI/WWU Online Training Modules


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

For more information about LIHI check out their blog here