Our Story

MentorSuccess™ evolved out of the nationally recognized, research-based HOSTS (Help One Student to Succeed) program that enjoyed over thirty years of sustained nation-wide success. Based on verifiable results with students from all ethnic backgrounds, HOSTS earned many awards from nationally recognized groups including the US Department of Education, naming the Harlingen, Texas, site as a mentoring model for the nation. Though the original program focused mostly on mentoring students in language arts, Dr. Willbur always wanted to also emphasize using mentoring for the development of leadership success skills and characteristics. Our ultimate goal with the MentorSuccess™ program is to teach students not only to read, but to succeed and lead. To do this we are constantly surveying and curating children’s literature, games, and other learning materials to include in our Learning Pathway Generator arranged by age, reading level, interest area, and leadership skills. We want to create the most-reachable, most-teachable, aha moments that attract a child to learning. Once a child learns that leadership and learning can be fun, they are on a pathway to success!

“The MentorSuccess™ program has revitalized our Lunch Buddy program by teaching students life skills that will make them more successful learners, friends, and leaders.”

Carly, School Social Worker

“My student has definitely become more confident, and he enjoys the 1-1 adult time. He really looks forward to it every week!”

Teacher

“I have seen growth in my child’s behavior, communication skills, and her ability to express her feelings, as well as understanding how her actions impact others.”

Parent

Meet The Team

DR. JERRY WILLBUR
DR. JERRY WILLBURDirector of MentorSuccess™
Jerry is best known for his award-winning research in the field of mentoring. He uses mentoring to change cultures by developing stronger leaders to help them create more effective places to work. As Dr. Willbur used mentoring to change workplace cultures, he has also used it to dramatically change the lives of students. You will see stronger students, teachers, and leaders whose futures are radically changed, one life at a time.
DALE BAUGH
DALE BAUGHMarketing & Training
Formerly the Director of Customer Relations & Marketing for HOSTS Corp. (Help One Student to Succeed), Mr. Baugh has been a speaker at educational conferences throughout the United States. He has worked for several Fortune 100 Corporations, and as a marketing consultant for S.C. Johnson. With a passion for seeing children succeed, his experience as a consultant, specializing in the areas of organizational and staff development will bring MentorSuccess™ to the next level of excellence.
KATHRYN ANDERSON
KATHRYN ANDERSONProgram Development Coordinator
A University of Washington School of Social Work alumnus and graduate of the University of Michigan’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program, Kathryn brings experience working in both student support services and classroom instruction. She is passionate about building caring connections across generations through mentoring. Having flourished under mentorship throughout her life, she is excited to encourage the development of young hearts and minds in her work to further the mission and reach of MentorSuccess™.
JENNY BERRY
JENNY BERRYSchool Counseling Specialist
Jenny graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor’s in Social Science and a Master’s in School Counseling. While serving in public education since 2005 in the areas of special education and school counseling, Jenny has enjoyed teaching social/emotional learning lessons and building a meaningful rapport with those around her. She loves helping students discover their strengths, needs and unique value.

Jenny serves at her church and lives in Vancouver with her husband and two sons. She is excited for the opportunity to contribute in the areas of mentorship and school counseling at His Heart Foundation.

Join the Team

Interested in mentoring, have questions, or want to find out more?

Contact us! We look forward to working together to change the lives of young people in our community.

Mentor

Love working with children? Want to connect with your community?

Become a Mentor and transform the life of a child!

Partner

Looking for an outreach project? Become a community partner with MentorSuccess™! Help recruit mentors, raise funds and ensure the children in your community have access to life-changing mentorship.

Support

Help buy books, games, and materials used in mentoring! MentorSuccess™ provides each school with curated literature and interactive, skill-building games to support student learning.