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!

MISSION

Dedicated to facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between youth and adults for the purpose of enhancing individual lives in Dubois County

VISION

To be the difference, the change and the good in the lives of Dubois County children facing adversity

OUR STAFF

Ellen Corn, Executive Director

Kaiva Hurt, Case Manager

Abbie Rumbach, Marketing Manager

 

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KRISTIN BRAUN

Board President

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.

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KELSEY MENKE

Vice President

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.  

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BRENT PFISTER

Treasurer

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.

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SARAH  BLACKGRAVE

Secretary

Sarah the Mentors for Youth Board in 2018 and is currently serving as 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 giiving the youth a strong foundation and support system is huge in helping them succeed in their daily lives. 

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RYAN CRAIG

Board Member

Ryan has been a member of the Mentors for Youth Board for six years having previously served as treasurer,

vice-president and president.

In Ryan's term on the board, the organization has grown exponentially.

Ryan prioritizes giving back to the community of which he is a life-long member.

 

“I want to re-invests time, money and resources in Dubois County,” Ryan says. “I want to contribute to making this a great place to live. I live, work, and play here, and want to recycle my time back into the community. It’s an investment in so many ways.”

 

Ryan is a graduate of Indiana University and lives in Jasper with his wife, Whitney and their two children Mille and Charlie.

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JON TEMPLE

Board Member

Jon has been a Mentors for Youth Board Member since 2016.  He previously served as board secretary for three years.

 

 

Originally from Indianapolis, Jon has worked in education for 17 years as a teacher, coach, and principal.  He is currently the principal at Holy Trinity Catholic School's East Campus.  

 

Jon has lived in Jasper for six years with his wife Erin, a Jasper native, and four children, William, Stella, Camille, and Elloise.  

 

He is active member of Precious Blood Church and coaches a variety of youth sports.  

 

Jon enjoys traveling with his family, attending concerts, watching movies, and playing golf.  He values his opportunity to help support an outstanding mentoring program for Dubois County youth.

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SCOTT FRANZEL

Board Member

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.

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BRITTANY McMAHON

Board Member

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.

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MOLLY JAHN

Board Member

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."

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DONNA HOPKINS

Board Member

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