MANY CHILDREN IN DUBOIS COUNTY LACK A “NATURALLY OCCURRING” MENTOR IN THEIR LIFE.
So, that’s where Mentors for Youth comes in! We seek to match youth between the ages of 6 and 14 with caring adults (16 years or older) who wish to spend two hours every other week for one year together (although most matches last an average of 2.5 years!).
And we’ve been doing just that for 30 years!
Dedicated to facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between youth and adults for the purpose of enhancing individual lives in Dubois County
To be the difference, the change and the good in the lives of Dubois County children facing adversity
Ellen Corn, Executive Director
Kaiva Hurt, Case Manager
Kristin joined the Mentors for Youth Board in 2016 and is currently serving as board president.
Kristin is a pediatric ICU nurse by trade, but now works part-time as school nurse. Kristin enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves to cook, bake and do outdoor activities. She loves volunteering in the community and is also a member of Tri Kappa Sorority, the HOSA board, and serves as Jasper Elementary School’s PTO secretary as well as a classroom volunteer.
Kristin wants to see Dubois County thrive and the youth prosper. She enjoys the friendships she has made on by serving on the Mentors for Youth board and hopes to guide the organization in a positive direction for many years.
Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family (unless under quarantined conditions), cooking, running and reading.
As a member of the Mentors for Youth board, she has enjoyed working with fellow board members and staff to help strengthen the organization and its efforts to help enhance the lives of youth in our community.
A native of Dubois County, Brent is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University.
After twelve years in the Indianapolis area, he joined German American Insurance as a Commercial Lines Account Executive/Agent and relocated to Jasper with his wife, Heather, and two children, Calvin and Colleen.
He is on the Board of Directors for Ireland Youth Sports, is an active member of Precious Blood Church and volunteers as a coach for youth sports. He enjoys playing golf, being outdoors, watching sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
The part Brent enjoys the most about being a board member with Mentors For Youth is hearing about the impact that the mentors and mentees have on each other’s lives.
Sarah joined the Mentors for Youth Board in 2018 and is currently serving as board secretary.
Sarah grew up in Huntingburg and graduated from Southridge High School in 2011 then pursed her bachelor’s degree in Business Management with concentration in Human Resources at University of Southern Indiana.
Sarah has been with Jasper Engines and Transmissions for 5 years and is currently working in the People Services department.
Sarah loves spending time with her family and recently became a parent in December 2019.
She has been going to Fire Horse Yoga for 3 years and it has become her go-to in her spare time.
The reason she serves on the board is to give back to a community that means so much to her. Sarah believes that giving the youth a strong foundation and support system is huge in helping them succeed in their daily lives.
Rachel grew up in Ferdinand and graduated from Forest Park High School in 2013. She then went to the University Of Southern Indiana and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Finance in 2016.
Rachel has been with Springs Valley Bank and Trust for three years, currently working as a Credit Analyst.
Rachel enjoys baking, painting, walking her dog Paisley, and spending time with her husband Calvin. She also enjoys new adventures with her mentee Cara and volunteering at the Humane Society.
Rachel joined the board because she has really enjoyed the program as a mentor and hopes to get others involved. She believes the program is a great opportunity to get involved in our small community for many ages. She hopes to support and grow the program even more as a board member.
Emily grew up in Jasper, Indiana and graduated from Jasper High School in 2014. She then went on to Indiana University and graduated with an elementary and special education degree in 2018. Go Hoosiers!
After college she moved back to Jasper and has been with Holy Trinity Catholic School for the past three years. She is currently teaching Pre-K.
In her free time, she loves to walk her dog Maggie, travel, hike, go boating and spend time with family and friends.
Emily is currently a mentor through the Mentors for Youth program and has witnessed what a great impact the program has on our youth. Emily joined the board because she believes it is an outstanding program and wants to continue to watch it grow.
Scott Franzel has been a board member for 4 years. He enjoys spending time with friends & family, watching his kids' activities, and sports. Scott also volunteers as a youth baseball, basketball, soccer & football coach.
Franzel is employed by OFS and is the Senior Vice President of Technology. He is also a board member of both the University of Southern Indiana Information Technology Alliance Board and the Vincennes University Information Technology Academic Advisory Board .
Franzel enjoys serving on the Mentors for Youth Board because he loves seeing the positive impact the organization has had on local youth and the community.
Brittany McMahon, a Jasper resident, has been a Mentors for Youth board member since 2016. Brittany works at Kimball International as an Account Manager.
Brittany is a new mom to a baby girl. Brittany enjoys giving back to the community she grew up in and joined the board to get involved and to be an active part of the place she calls home.
Molly was born and raised in Jasper, Indiana.
Molly works at Jasper Group for Klem Hospitality as a Sale Project Manager.
Molly joined the board to give back to the community, expand her network, and grow.
"I enjoy all the relationships I have made on the board," Molly says. "I love seeing the difference the organization is making in the lives of local youth."