Three years ago, after years of recognizing a need for mentoring in the region, Sherburne County Health and Human Services was awarded nearly half a million dollars from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs to develop the Mentors Inspiring Success Program.
The goal of this program is to work with children at risk of involvement with the foster care system. Children are referred from Sherburne County Health and Human Services Department and must be either at risk of foster care placement or in a foster care placement and working towards reunification.
Sherburne County has partnered with the Elk River YMCA to deliver this program. Since its inception in January 2010, 144 young people have been served by this program. Currently, 59 youth are matched up with adult mentors from around the community.
Federal funding is scheduled to run out in the summer of 2014. The Elk River YMCA has been awarded a $40,000 grant by the Otto Bremer Foundation to continue the program until the end of the year. Aggressive fundraising efforts are being made to ensure the mentorship program is able to stay in the community, serving kids and families most in need.
The Sherburne County Board unanimously passed a proclamation, naming January as Youth Mentorship Month in Sherburne County.
For more information regarding the Mentoring Inspiring Success Program, contact Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.