Riverways Education Partnerships

“I remember when UW Pipeline visited my classroom when I was in the fifth grade, it was the first time I had ever talked to college students. That’s what this program is doing: opening the students’ eyes, putting it in their heads that they have their whole lives to look forward to, and exposing them to this other world. Now I am a mentor with UW Pipeline and this week, two of the kids in my group have already said they want to go to the UW.”

– Auston Jimmicum, fifth grade Pipeline participant (2006), UW Pipeline mentor (2018)

Since 2010, the Neah Bay Telling Our Stories program has had:

  • 270 fifth graders from Neah Bay
  • 66 students from the University of Washington

Telling Our Stories In the News

An exciting long-term project working with Native youth in Neah Bay

Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures is built on a twenty-year partnership between the UW’s Riverways Education Partnerships and Neah Bay Elementary of the Makah Tribe. Through this program, Native UW undergraduates mentor Neah Bay fifth graders, encouraging them to envision their futures. The fifth graders learn about pathways to higher education, and explore career paths where they can live, lead and thrive in Neah Bay after graduation. This year-long mentorship program was created collaboratively to address a need identified by the Neah Bay community.