What is Nurture Seattle?
Nurture Seattle is creating a community where volunteer mentors help new parents navigate the first years of their baby’s life. Mentors offer new parents encouragement, practical advice and ways to connect to the community around them.
Research shows that the health and wellbeing of a newborn baby is improved by their parents’ confidence level. But, for many people it can take weeks, months, even years after the birth of their baby to feel confident in their role as a parent.
Nurture Seattle is based on NurturePA, a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that pioneered an innovative web-based program to connect mentor moms with new moms. Learn more at
What Is a Founding Mentor?
Founding Mentors were Nurture Seattle’s first volunteer mentors. They are playing a critical role in delivering the Nurture program in Seattle. This small group of Seattle residents are working with our staff to refine all aspects of the program including how volunteer mentors are recruited, trained and supported.
Is it Too Late to Be a Founding Mentor?
Applications for Nurture Seattle's Founding Mentor program are now closed. Thank you to all who applied.
Applications for Nurture Seattle's Volunteer Mentor Program are currently open. You can apply to become a volunteer mentor
How Do Volunteer Mentors & New Parents Communicate?
The relationship between volunteer mentors and new parents happens entirely through a private text messaging platform. Nurture Seattle provides volunteer mentors with conversation prompts that correspond to the development of their mentee’s new baby. Prompts include things like celebrations of milestones, strategies for sleep training and recommendations for parent support groups. Volunteer mentors can customize these prompts, and answer questions from the new parents they support.
Nurture Seattle’s secure mentor website makes it easy for volunteer mentors to support several new parents at a time in about an hour a week.
Do Volunteer Mentors & New Parents Ever Meet?
The relationship between volunteer mentors and new parents happens completely online through one-on-one private messaging. As a volunteer mentor, you will know the first names of the new parents you support and the names of their children. The new parents you support will know your first name, and you can decide how much personal information you will share with your mentees. Volunteer mentors and new parents do not share phone numbers or addresses and are discouraged from exchanging other identifying information, and photos are not able to be shared within the platform.
Despite the fact that mentors and new parents do not meet face-to-face, very meaningful relationships are still formed. Most mentor-new parent relationships are long lasting.
How Does Nurture Seattle Protect the Privacy of Volunteer Mentors & New Parents?
Nurture Seattle makes privacy a high priority. Our strict privacy protections ensure that all information offered by volunteer mentors and new parents remains private and confidential. To learn more, click here.
How Do New Parents Enroll in the Program?
If you're a new or expecting parent in the Seattle area, we invite you to join Nurture® Seattle. Learn more and sign up here and we'll be in touch soon.
What are the Nurture Seattle Community Guidelines?
1. Respect Everyone's Privacy
Being part of this program requires mutual trust. Authentic interactions make the mentor relationship great, but may also be sensitive and private. What's shared between mentors and new parents should stay between them. It is not appropriate to try to connect with each other outside of the Nurture® Seattle program while actively enrolled.
2. No Hate Speech or Bullying
Both mentors and new parents should always feel safe. Bullying of any kind isn't allowed, and degrading comments about race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender or identity will not be tolerated.
3. No Promotions or Spam
Self-promotion, spam and irrelevant links aren't allowed from either the mentors or the parent participants.
4. Gender Inclusive Language
We commit to making an effort to use gender-inclusive language; we do not assume someone's gender identity. Please feel free to share your pronouns if you wish to.
5. Respect Varying Parenting Philosophies
Respect everyone's parenting plan, no matter how it aligns with your own parenting philosophy. However you are choosing to parent, you will be supported by us.
6. Expect Evidence-Based Information
We will share evidence-based parent and infant health recommendations and articles through the platform. Mentors may share personal suggestions for websites, social media accounts, videos, etc., and have standard guidelines around responsibly sharing these additional resources while never promoting content that rejects evidence-based recommendations.