Youth Mentoring + Ice Cream = Winning Combination
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Youth Mentoring + Ice Cream = Winning Combination

There are many combinations that just work well together; peanut butter and jelly, mac and cheese, and bread and butter to name a few. A winning local combination is ice cream and kids! This sweet collaboration involves Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth & Families and Sugar Bowl. Every second Thursday of the month,…

Youth Mentoring is Seeking Bowlers
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Youth Mentoring is Seeking Bowlers

Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth & Families is hosting a bowl-a-thon on Saturday, March 19 at Skyline Lanes in Decorah. This event aims to raise $7,000 to connect youth in Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek counties with a mentor.  Currently, 75 people are involved in Youth Mentoring at Helping Services. Now is the time…

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Kaylee Starts Youth Mentoring Internship

My name is Kaylee Martin and I am a sophomore social work major at Luther College from the Chicago metro area. I love Luther College and am extremely grateful for all the opportunities the social work program has given me thus far. I will be interning with Youth Mentoring at Helping Services for Youth &…

Youth Mentoring Social
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Youth Mentoring Social

Come one, come all! Meet and socialize with mentors and those who want to find out more about mentoring. Tuesday, November 9 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at T-Bocks Upstairs; Youth mentoring is hosting a Mentoring Social.  Have you thought about becoming a mentor? This is the perfect event to attend to find out…

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Donation Allows Youth Mentoring to Expand Events

An anonymous family has pledged $45,000 over the next three years to support Helping Services for Youth Families’ Youth Mentoring program. The family stated that it takes a village to raise a child, and we can all do our part by helping provide new experiences that develop their interests and skills. Kathy Schwartzhoff, Mentoring Coordinator…

National Mentoring Month
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National Mentoring Month

January is National Mentoring Month! Helping Services for Youth & Families is celebrating mentoring friendships and inviting others to engage in their community with the theme ‘Take ONE step to build a friendship. Become a mentor!’  Mentoring has a positive impact on youth. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships bring about powerful and positive changes…

Youth Mentoring Match Delivering Joy in Cresco
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Youth Mentoring Match Delivering Joy in Cresco

Autumn Nolan from Cresco Iowa became a mentor to Khloe Stermer in February of 2020 through Youth Mentoring at Helping Services. 2020 has been a different year for us all, this amazing match took it upon themselves to spread some much needed “joy” in Cresco.  Autumn and Klhoe created specialty gift bags they called “joy…

Mentoring Tasty Thursdays
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Mentoring Tasty Thursdays

Youth Mentoring at Helping Services is proud to announce an exciting partnership with Sugar Bowl, one of Decorah’s delicious ice cream shops.  Beginning September 10, a mentoring gathering called Tasty Thursdays will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Mentors and mentees are invited to enjoy ice cream together provided at no cost compliments of Sugar Bowl….

Youth Mentoring Update
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Youth Mentoring Update

Youth Mentoring is excited to announce that they are one of 11 recipients in the state of Iowa to receive an Improving Tomorrow: Prevention focused Mentoring grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health. The grant has four exciting goals! They are:  Support 91 mentoring matches in our four counties.  Substance abuse prevention and problem…