Doctor showing high school students how to cast a hand

Stevens County Mentorship Program

The Stevens County Mentorship Program is a Career Awareness and Prep Program focused on exploring allied health care fields with rural youth.

In alignment with WSU’s land-grant mission, the Stevens County Mentorship Program, also known as “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See”, currently has 7th-11th grade career-connected learning opportunities with the aim to cultivate health career awareness. The program is designed to help students and their families understand community health needs, health care career options, and the skills and knowledge they need to reach their goals.

Partnering with Stevens County

We have partnered with community leaders in Stevens County since 2017 to launch this program in the Fall of 2019. Partners such as Stevens County WSU Extension, Providence, NEWHealth, Wellpinit SD, Chewelah SD, Valley SD, and Mary Walker SD have been vital for feedback and direction in the development process.

Modeling health careers and delivering fun hands-on STEM engagements encourages youth to explore their interests and potential futures in the health sciences career field. Further, it builds community and support structures necessary for success. In the Stevens County Mentorship Program, success translates to every student being more aware of their passions and being equipped with the tools to go as far as they want.

Mentoring Students

We provide mentoring and interprofessional learning experiences centered around the health sciences to junior high school students. Mentors, known as Health Career Navigators, play an essential role in engaging Stevens County youth.

The mentoring model consists of exposure to the full spectrum of health care careers while also focusing on intentional development of students’ personal attributes. Additionally, families, teachers and community health care members will serve as active participants of the program and mentorship experience so that each student is supported in their potential career track by an invested team.

The Stevens County Program uses a small group and school-based mentorship model.

Together, the components of this program serve to increase the number of students from Stevens County that are ready to move forward in health science careers and to succeed in our Washington economy.


To get involved please contact:


  • WSU Health Sciences
  • WSU Stevens County Extension
  • Mary Walker MS/HS
  • Chewelah MS/HS
  • Valley K-8 and HS
  • Wellpinit MS/HS
  • Freeman MS
  • Lakeside MS, Plummer, ID
  • Elma HS
  • Providence
  • Career Connect Northeast
  • HOSA
  • David C. Wynecoop Memorial Clinic
  • NEWHealth
  • ESD101

Thank You to Our Funder

Career Connect Washington

Chewelah High School Students at Capstone Celebration event

Stevens County Mentorship Capstone Celebration

June 1, 2023

You are invited to join students and families from Wellpinit, Chewelah, Valley and Springdale in the 9th grade Foundations of Healthcare Professions Capstone Showcase.

This event is a celebration of youth revealing their social determinants of health research project and their passion about the chosen subject.