61st Legislature
2009 Regular Session

Passed by the House April 21, 2009
  Yeas 98   Nays 0

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Passed by the Senate April 16, 2009
  Yeas 47   Nays 0

President of the Senate

I, Barbara Baker, Chief Clerk of the House of Representatives of the State of Washington, do hereby certify that the attached is ENGROSSED HOUSE BILL 1986 as passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate on the dates hereon set forth.

Chief Clerk

Governor of the State of Washington

Secretary of State
State of Washington




Passed Legislature - 2009 Regular Session
State of Washington61st Legislature2009 Regular Session

By Representatives Hasegawa, Anderson, Wallace, White, and Sells


     AN ACT Relating to peer mentoring; adding a new section to chapter 28B.12 RCW; and creating a new section.


NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1   The legislature finds that peer mentoring provides tangible and long-lasting opportunities for all students, especially for low-income students, students of color, and first generation students. These benefits include improved student achievement and planning for success in postsecondary education. The legislature further finds that mentoring increases the self-worth of both mentees and mentors, while cultivating opportunities to improve communication skills and develop and enhance leadership and other critical transferable skills. Furthermore, the legislature finds that mentorship provides a valuable opportunity to increase student interest in career opportunities in the counseling and teaching professions, and thus intends to support those efforts to the maximum extent possible.

NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2   A new section is added to chapter 28B.12 RCW to read as follows:
     (1) Western Washington University shall create and implement a pilot mentoring program to inspire academic success and introduce elementary students to educational opportunities. In addition to establishing a pilot project on its own campus, the university, in close collaboration with the state board for community and technical colleges, shall jointly identify a community or technical college to participate in the pilot program. The community or technical college selected shall demonstrate active partnerships with interested common schools, local businesses, and community organizations. Western Washington University and the state board for community and technical colleges shall identify the community or technical college by August 1, 2009.
     (2) The state board for community and technical colleges shall work in close collaboration with Western Washington University to identify a community or technical college to participate in the pilot mentoring program.
     (3) The goals of the pilot project are to:
     (a) Encourage at-risk elementary school students to complete high school and attend college, boosting the percentage of Washington students who continue onto college;
     (b) Provide positive role models for at-risk students and allow college students the opportunity to perform community service;
     (c) Strengthen relationships between the community, the university, and area youth;
     (d) Introduce at-risk students to college and provide them an opportunity to experience their public colleges and universities;
     (e) Increase the number of youth who view going to college as both necessary and achievable; and
     (f) Develop a model that is scalable statewide.
     (4) Within existing resources, the pilot institutions shall:
     (a) Recruit college students interested in serving as mentors to elementary school students;
     (b) Identify local elementary schools with demonstrated need for a mentoring program;
     (c) Develop a curriculum used for training college mentors. The college may grant college-level credit to students who complete the course;
     (d) Develop any necessary contracts or interagency agreements to facilitate program implementation;
     (e) Provide ongoing support and oversight of the program;
     (f) Solicit grants, awards, and gifts from individuals, businesses, agencies, and foundations;
     (g) Provide community outreach and publicity for the program;
     (h) Develop appropriate outcome measures and evaluate the program at regular intervals;
     (i) Together with the state board for community and technical colleges and in close collaboration with other community and institutional partners, submit to the legislature:
     (i) A preliminary progress report by December 1, 2010, that includes a review of preliminary findings from the pilot project, recommendations regarding the resources necessary to expand the model statewide, and a process and timeline for statewide implementation; and
     (ii) A final report, updating the findings from the preliminary report, by December 1, 2011.

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