This month, a campaign with the initiative to support quality, culturally anchored mentoring by deploying mentors to schools, youth serving organizations, and re-entry programs will launch. The campaign is called "Our Best: Black Male Achievement Mentoring Campaign," and it is Seattle's first-ever initiative with these goals.

Joining us to talk about the campaign is Don Cameron, the executive director of Seattle CARES Mentoring Movement, a nonprofit organization acting as the city's intermediary in rolling out the campaign and Dr. Charles H. Lea III, an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work. His area of research is juvenile and criminal justice, race and equity, and positive youth development among boys and young men of color.

Event Info:

The Our Best campaign launch will be Fri., Jan. 12, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at Broadway Performance Hall, 1625 Broadway, Seattle, Wash. The keynote speaker is Susan L. Taylor, founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement and editor emerita of Essence Magazine. Other speakers will include representatives from city government, education and social service agencies, and members of the faith community; speakers to be confirmed.