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FUSION is a mentoring program in Chelan School District that was designed to remove barriers, increase motivation, and inspire students.  Fusion leaders are made up of adults and students who participate in professional training through an organization called WhyTry.  This curriculum poses the question, “WhyTry?” then provides this answer:  to attain opportunity, freedom, and self respect.  Students are taught important life skills such as following rules, resisting peer pressure, and building and accessing support systems.  A major tenet of the program is building resiliency in school, at home and in life.  Students are highly engaged by ten visual metaphors taught through a variety of games and activities, videos, journaling, or guest speakers.

Research proves and our experience confirms that mentoring—using the combination of strong relationship with the WhyTry curriculum—produces powerful results and we are excited about this program!

Check out our latest Academic Success Class video, produced by the Association of Washington School

CHS Fusion, started in 2011, utilizes community volunteers and high school juniors and seniors to mentor sixth through tenth grade students during the school day.   This year Fusion has expanded into five different programs and is gaining popularity and statewide attention.  Our district is one of only two schools in the United States to provide mentors with WhyTry training, a nationally based resilience program that emphasizes relationships and helps students make decisions that will lead them to opportunities, freedom, and self-respect.  Mentors identify themselves as additional support in the student’s life and their work centers around motivation, tutoring, encouragement, and decision making.

Junior and Senior Mentors from the 2015-16 Academic Success Class continue to get statewide attention for their work with freshmen, helping them transition successfully to high school

Thank you, Lynda Foster, for your work as a community small groups Fusion leader!

WhyTry Training 2015 was a huge success Fusion leaders work with freshmen
mentees during Academic Success Class
These Pirate Fusion mentors work
with middle school students

We are proud of the work our Fusion mentors are doing to make a positive difference in Chelan Schools!:


CHS Graduate Elijah Larson produced this touching video about labeling, from the 2014 Academic Success Class! 
Ways to help:
Donate money:  Monetary donations help Fusion groups do fun things together.  When a mentor and their student have gone ice skating or shared a meal together, it increases trust and builds their relationship. Enrichment also sometimes gives students in poverty the chance to attend a restaurant or do a local activity for the first time.  Enrichment is a critical component of the Fusion program and cannot exist without community support! To make a tax-deductible contribution, please mail a check made out to THRIVE Chelan Valley with "Fusion" in the Memo field, to: THRIVE Chelan Valley, PO Box 3051, Chelan, WA 98816. Or make an online donation using one of the links below:

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Donate activities:  Local business owners could also donate services or meals at restaurants.  Often the high school students dig into their own pockets to reward their students with a meal or ice cream cone or night of bowling for their hard work at school.  We need donations for activities like bowling, movie theatres, zip lining, paddle boarding, para sailing, tubing at Echo Valley, etc.

Become a Fusion Leader:  Please email Sarah Barnes at barness@chelanschools.org To express interest in this program.  Leaders must undergo background checks, reference checks, submit an application, and attend the training.  In addition, Fusion leaders make a commitment to volunteer during the school year.

Guest speakers:  Sponsor a great speaker or volunteer to come share your story of resilience with kids!  Contact Sarah Barnes at barness@chelanschools.org

Have another idea?  Do you have a  fun idea to share?  Contact Sarah Barnes at fusion@thrivechelanvalley.com


Group Photo Arely Fatima Boys at Pizza Christie Gio Gilberto Pizza Danny with Seniors Getse Getse Group Activity at Training Group Training Academic Success Mentors Studing Studying Iris Karla Kaylee and Allie Pizza Party Pizza Party after Ice Skating Makenzie Karla Jaimi Allie Lalay Gilberto Whole Class