Annual leadership award event will be held at Warehouse 23 on March 10
VANCOUVER — Clark County organization Teach One to Lead One (T1L1) continues to grow its numbers and its positive impact on the county’s youth. In 2018, the organization had 244 students in their mentorship program. Today, in 2020, there are more than 900.
To celebrate all the nonprofit’s community, school and individual partners, they will host their annual Leadership Breakfast on Mon., March 10 at Warehouse 23 in Vancouver. The event is open to the public, and requires an RSVP.
During the event, the group will recognize mentors and students who have benefited from the mentorship program in schools. The program pairs responsible adults with students in area schools to provide positive role models and foster respect, honor, integrity, and more.
“We teach them universal principles, and we lead them into a life of purpose and potential,” said Teresa Lutz, executive director for T1L1’s Clark County chapter, in a prior interview with Clark County Today. “In all the news, and everything that’s happening today, we’re seeing there’s no boundaries. All of these risk factors are really touching kids coming from any given demographic.”
The theme of this year’s event is “Rooted To Grow,” and is founded around the goals of T1L1 to bring “stabilization and supports to students allowing them to grow strong, grow together, and grow in community.”
T1L1 will also be encouraging community members to partner with them financially at the event. T1L1 operates its mentorship program through donations, fundraising and grants. It costs roughly $3,000 per classroom, per year, or $85 per student, per year to continue the program.
From data collected in Clark County schools with the T1L1 mentor program in 2019, a 77 percent drop in office referrals was found, as well as a 56 percent reduction in suspensions and expulsions. Overall, 84 percent of students who graduated from the T1L1 program, said they found it effective in 2019.
During the breakfast, T1L1 will also be highlighting their partnership with Battle Ground School District. Battle Ground High School’s (BGHS) jazz band will perform as well as the school’s choir ensemble. BGHS will also have a senior who will receive T1L1’s Excellence in Leadership Award.