Mentoring Urban Students: An Interview with Rick Newell


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Rick Newell is the founder of Mentoring Urban Students and Teens (MUST), a professional mentoring organization dedicated to serving young black males in Seattle, WA. MUST believes that in most cases black youth are best served by positive black role models. MUST hires and professionally trains black male college students to mentor black youth truly vulnerable to dropping out of high school and/or becoming involved with the justice system. Prior to working at MUST, Rick worked 7 years at an inner-city Boys & Girls Club after walking away from a promising career in technology. Rick and his wife, Rebecca, both work full time for MUST and live in the Rainier Valley. They have four sons and are educating their kids with a combo of public school and home school. The Newells attend Evergreen Covenant Church. Rick is also a Rotarian with the Mercer Island Rotary Club.

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