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


Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 21, 2021

Learn more about the program below. If you have questions, email teison@uw.edu

What is Telling Our Stories?

Telling Our Stories, Imagining Our Futures is year-long mentorship program built on a twenty-year partnership between UW Riverways Education Partnerships and Neah Bay Elementary School in the Makah Indian Nation. Through this program, UW undergraduates mentor 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.

Using oral histories, digital storytelling and photography, UW students will learn about the rich history and culture of the Makah Indian Nation while mentoring fifth grade students in the creation of a digital storytelling that celebrates their culture and identifies pathways to meaningful careers in their own community.

Why should you join Telling Our Stories?

  • Spend 2 weeks in Neah Bay working with elementary school students
  • Gain mentoring experience
  • Learn about Makah culture and history
  • Earn up to 12 I&S credits

Program timeline:

  • September 16th, 2021: Training at UW
  • September 18th-23rd, 2021: 1st Visit to Neah Bay
  • Fall and Winter Quarter: Weekly Seminars
  • March 20th-27th (UW Spring Break): 2nd Visit to Neah Bay
  • Spring Quarter: Weekly Seminars, the Neah Bay students come to UW for a visit

If you have any questions, please contact Tanya Eison at teison@uw.edu.

Apply here!

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on May 21, 2021