Who we are
Many children in Dubois County lack a "naturally occurring" mentor in their life.
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!).
Mentors work with their mentees to establish goals and develop life skills, such as decision-making, problem-solving, and communication. They also engage in activities that promote positive youth development, such as agency sponsored outings, community service projects, and recreational activities.
Erin Kidwell was born and raised in Jasper, IN and graduated from Jasper High School in 2016. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Evansville in 2020 and a Master’s in Social Work from The University of Southern Indiana in May of 2022.
Erin began her relationship with Mentors for Youth as a summer intern in 2021 under Kaiva, our case manager. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the mission of Mentors for Youth. In general, she found a passion for nonprofit work and is incredibly honored to be starting her career at an organization that means so much to her.
Erin’s background education in psychology and social work, as well as her own life experiences, have taught her that a robust support system is essential for thriving in life. Mentors for Youth aids in strengthening the support systems of local youth. She believes that Mentors for Youth changes the lives of not only the children in the program, but their families, their mentors, their mentors’ families, and countless others in their community.
In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog, Charlie, traveling, going to concerts, cooking and baking, painting, and embroidery.
Kaiva was hired in January 2000 as the Case Manager for what was then Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dubois County. She attended the University of Southern Indiana and has a bachelor's degree in Social Work.
Kaiva enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also really enjoys her volunteer work. She is a volunteer for animal rescue groups, she fosters, helps to process potential adopter's applications, and facilitates animal adoptions. She enjoys being outdoors, walking, hiking and reading.
Kaiva hopes to continue to serve the children of Dubois County in the years to come. She plans to help improve and expand the services that Mentors for Youth provides to children of Dubois County.