Yee Haw! It’s time to circle the wagons for a Rootin’ Tootin’ Mentoring Bowl-A-Thon! Excited cow-folks will gather at Arrowhead Lanes in Waukon and Lightning Lanes Family Center in Manchester to raise funds for Youth Mentoring at Helping Services.This year’s theme will be a Western theme where ya’ll will saddle up to support those young cowpokes from Allamakee, Delaware, Howard, and Winneshiek Counties that need a compadre. Now, ya’ll be sure to slap on your western attire and gallop on over for a rootin’ tootin’ good time.  

>>>>Waukon Bowlathon, Iowa March 16, 2009                                    >>>>>Manchester Bowlathon, Iowa April 6, 2019

March 2019 E5
March 2019 E4
March 2019 E3
2019 March E2
2019 March E1
2019 March K5 Volunteer Iowa day
2019 March K4 regular talk
2019 March K3 Christy
2019 March K2 breibach
2019 March K1 bergan-osmundson
Dec 2018 E3 – Derek
Dec 2018 E1 guys at table
Dec 2018 K4 – Plate of Cookies
Contact a Mentoring Coordinator to find out more

Mentoring is a simple concept: Connect one youth with one responsible adult, and build a healthy friendship. It sets the stage and gives volunteers the props for developing this important, life-changing relationship. There are many youth eagerly waiting for that special adult to step into their life. View the waiting list

Interested in becoming a mentor?

First Step
1,249Since Day One

Over 1000 youth have been connected to a role model through Youth Mentoring.

137So Far This Year

Youth who have served through this program this year.

86Matched Today

Current youth who are paired with a volunteer mentor or mentoring family.

41Waiting Today

Local youth waiting to be matched with a role model.
>See the list of youth waiting.

Access Services

Youth Mentoring encompasses four programs:

  1. MY Club (Howard County)
  2. Building Bridges Through Mentoring (Winneshiek County)
  3. Allamakee Mentoring Program (Allamakee County)
  4. Mentoring Connection for Delaware County.


Howard, Winneshiek, and Allamakee programs offer community-based matches. These matches take volunteers (as individuals, a couple, or an entire family) and connect them with one youth in their community.


Delaware County's programs have three options in addition to community-based:

  • School-Based | Volunteers age 16 and older are matched with a child for a minimum of one school year. The volunteer meets with the student, between the ages of 5 to 16, for 45 minutes to one hour each week. These matches meet during the school day and on the school grounds. Each match meets one designated day per week throughout the school year.
  • Enhanced-School Based | This program is an extension of the School-Based option, allowing matches to occasionally meet off the school grounds doing things in the community. Matches meet a minimum of 4-5 hours each month.
  • After-School Program | Volunteer high school students, grades 10 to 12 and ages 16 and older, are matched with a child, between the ages of 7 to 13. They meet from 3:15–4:15 p.m. one designated day per week after school. The match is a one year commitment.
  • Mentoring coordinators check in with volunteer mentors and mentees and their families on a regular basis. They answer any questions, address and concerns, and connect you to other resources that can make your experience even better.
    Throughout the year, mentoring coordinators work together with each county's advisory committee to host events. These festivities provide a setting for youth and volunteers to get to know others in the program and expand their friendship network. The events often are set at local attractions, parks, or places. Sometimes this is the first time a youth has ever had that type of experience.

    Favorite Events:
  • Norman Borlaug Farm
  • Food and Fitness
  • Pinter’s Garden and Pumpkins
  • Niagara Cave
  • KWWL News Station
  • Movie and Pizza

    >Find the Next Group Event
  • Held almost monthly, topics are driven by mentor questions or the mentoring team’s insight into the needs of mentees.

    Examples of Topics:
  • A Budget, What’s That?
  • Self Acceptance
  • Step into Spring with Good Hygiene
  • Talking with Your Mentee about Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • Social Networking and Bullying: What Adults Should Know
  • Each month mentors can turn in receipts for reimbursement of the expenses accrued while they spent time with their mentee.

    • I love sharing fun events, new adventures that they have never done, seeing the smiles and sparkles in their eyes, knowing I am leaving a lifelong impact on a person, making a difference for someone, brightening their world as well as mine.


    • My child's mentor has positively promoted him to grow. I feel his mentor allows him to share information he doesn't want to talk about with mom and dad.

      Mentee Parent

    Every youth—no matter what their background—
    can benefit from one other adult to trust.

    You can be that one.

    Become a Mentee

  • You must be age 5–16 and live or attend school in Delaware, Howard, Winneshiek, or Allamakee County.
  • Both you and your parent(s) agree for you to have a mentor.
  • Complete an official request for a mentor form. >Download the Mentor Request Form You can email that to the mentoring coordinator, or mail it to your county programs address listed on the form.
  • Have an interview the mentoring coordinator, who will ask questions about your interests and wishes for an ideal role model.

  • Note: If you do not get matched right away with a mentor, you can come to mentoring events and spend time with a Mentor for a Day (MFAD).

    Next Mentoring Event

    Become a Mentor

    Mentoring is simply being a friend to a young person. Mentors are not parents, psychologists, or social workers. Rather, they are role models sharing their time and experiences with a young person.
  • 4-5 hours per month doing things you already like to do.
  • Commit to being a mentor for at least one year.
  • Have a caring and positive attitude.
  • You can apply as an individual, couple, or family.
    1. Fill out the form on this page to get your application.
    2. Complete the application and interview.
    3. Attend mentor training.
    4. A mentoring coordinator will match you with a youth. You are now an official mentor.

    Become a Mentor For A Day (MFAD)

    A MFAD is a person who has agreed to attend a scheduled mentoring event to be a role model and friend to a youth whose regular mentor could not attend or who's on the waiting list for a mentor.
    Adults enjoy helping our program in way that requires a smaller time commitment. Some adults want to “try out a kid” to see if they are compatible.

    MFAD opportunities gives some adults the right flavor of what mentoring is all about, and then they decide to become a mentor.

    Other adults do not have the 4–5 hours a month to commit to a local youth, so MFAD is a way they can still invest with the time they have available.
    Youth think it is great that they get to spend the time with someone at our fun events. Sometimes they can get a permanent mentor from this experience. Occasionally, events require that a youth attend with an adult. In this case, MFADs allow a youth to go even if they do not have a regular mentor.
    Fill out the form on this page to get your application.


    Our team monthly publishes two newsletters based on the regional programs. These issues give everyone involved an overview of what happened last month and what to look forward to this month.

    Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek

    Latest Issue

    Delaware County

    Latest Issue


    The main way people hear about this unique chance to change a youth's life is from a colleague, friend, or family member. You can download and print off any of these tools to help introduce the idea of mentoring to your coworkers, club members, or customers.

    Resources for All Counties

    Allamakee, Howard, and Winneshiek Program Resources

    Be a Hero Flyer

    Hang this 8.5x11 flyer up any and everywhere to showcase how easy and rewarding being a mentor can be.

    Download Flyer

    Delaware County Resources

    Be Someone Who Matters Flyer

    Hang this 8.5x11 flyer up any and everywhere to showcase how easy and rewarding being a mentor can be.

    Download Flyer

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