Why Mentor?

Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them succeed. We have all heard stories about people whose lives have changed by having a relationship with a caring adult. Oprah Winfrey was mentored by her fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan, who helped her not be afraid of being smart and encouraged her to read; beginning at the age of 14, Dr. Martin Luther King was nurtured and supported by Dr. Benjamin Mays, a distinguished African American minister and scholar.

A mentor is someone who has a genuine interest in helping another person improve specific skills and develop as a person. The supportive, healthy relationships formed between mentors and mentees are both immediate and long-term and contribute to a host of benefits for mentors and mentees. It gives you a wonderful feeling knowing you have helped someone grow as an individual and made a difference in their life.

We are excited to start our next school year of mentoring young people in our community! Thank you mentors!

Welcome to Karen LaBate, our new Executive Board Chair!

Karen LaBate is Vice President of Commercial Banking at Deerwood Bank. She has served customers in the banking industry for 16 years and is committed to building lasting relationships as a trusted partner and adviser to her clients and colleagues. Prior to working in commercial banking, Karen was a stay at home Mom with their 4 children. She was an active volunteer in the classroom, sports teams and at church. She managed a rental properties company she owned with her husband, Joe, along with running a seasonal business located near their cabin on Lake Vermilion.

Karen has been a mentor in Hope for Tomorrow for 10 years, 4 years with the Burnsville Metcalf Chapter and 6 years with the Burnsville Nicollet Chapter. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2013; Treasurer for 4 years, Vice Chair for one year. She serves as Board Treasurer for Women in Manufacturing, Minnesota chapter, is active in Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children. She served as Board member and Treasurer for National Youth Leadership Council for 9 years.
Karen earned a B.S. in Business/Marketing from Winona State University.

Karen grew up in Richfield, Minnesota and currently lives in Eagan with her husband, Joe. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. They are enjoying life as empty-nesters. Karen enjoys spending time at their cabin, hiking, all forms of outdoor activities, a good book (when there is time), gardening, interior design and remodeling.

Give to the Max Day!

Thank you for being part of the Hope for Tomorrow Team!

Each year, generous supporters like you celebrate Give to the Max Day by making your online donation on GiveMN.org. Your generosity on this day makes a difference far beyond the 24-hour giving event.

Please join us on November 15, 2018, for Give to the Max Day and help us continue to change lives by empowering young teens to realize their full personal and academic potential by reinforcing critical life skills through mentoring relationships with caring adults.

Your donation on Give to the Max Day also may help us win additional prizes! How? On November 15, every gift made on GiveMN.org will be entered into additional prize drawings for GiveMN Golden Ticket which will be awarded as often as every 10 minutes. Your gift of $10 or more could instantly turn into an extra $500, $1,000 or even $10,000 for us!

The more gifts we generate on GiveMN.org during Give to the Max Day, the more our chances increase to receive those additional prizes. Imagine what we could do with $10,000!
Our goal is to raise $10,000, and you can help us reach it!

Be sure to mark your calendar and make your gift on November 15 by visiting GiveMN.org and searching for our organization.

Mentoring has begun for the 2018-19 school year!

Here is a message received from a new mentor!

Hi! I just finished up my first mentoring session at RMS.

It was amazing! I had so much fun! It was really good getting to know my mentee and had a lot of fun in the group setting. I’m so happy that I have this opportunity. Thanks for getting me involved. I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year.

J.S.-Mentor-Rosemount Middle School

Bloomington Hope for Tomorrow Girls Chapter mentors share an evening of duel Celebration

Hope for Tomorrow celebrates the beginning of its 22nd year of mentoring young teens in Bloomington at Valley View Middle School and Oak Grove Middle School.

At the same event a celebration was held to honor Kathy Reis, a 15 year mentor who has lead the Oak Grove Hope for tomorrow Girls Chapter for many years while also serving on the Bloomington Operating Board as well as having served many years on the Hope for Tomorrow Executive Board. Kathy and her husband, who recently retired are moving out of state to enjoy their children and grandchildren on the east coast and winters in Florida with family and friends.

We wished them much happiness and thanked Kathy for her years of dedicated volunteer work with Hope for Tomorrow.

Attending the event to thank all of the mentors who have been there for Bloomington teens was Bloomington Mayor Gene Winstead. He expressed his thanks on behalf of the City of Bloomington where Hope for Tomorrow was founded in 1997; Sharing his interest in and the importance of mentoring today.

Lakeville Rotary presents Cheers To You Wine Tasting....proceeds benefiting Hope for Tomorrow-Lakeville!

The Lakeville Rotary Club presents the second "Cheers To You Wine Tasting" Join us for appetizers and wine. Over 30 wines available for tasting.

Proceeds from this event will go towards Hope for Tomorrow Lakeville Chapter.

Date: October 25, 2018
Location: Crystal Lake Golf Course,16725 Innsbrook Dr, Lakeville MN 55044
Time: 6pm - 9pm

Click the link to register:

Raffle with great prizes - Tickets sold onsite 10 raffle tickets for $10 . Prizes include wine baskets and Keurig Coffeemaker.
Wine sponsors include: Ste Michelle Wine Estates, Beringer Vineyards, Rodney Strong Vineards, J Lohr Vineyards and Wine and Bronco Wine Company.
Cost: $35 per person/$60 per couple with advance purchase (Includes wine tasting and appetizers)
$40 per person at the door, night of event. (Includes wine tasting and appetizers)

This is a 21 + Event! Which means you must be over 21 years old to attend this event.

Expanding our Chapters!

 GREAT NEWS TO SHARE! Hope for Tomorrow will be partnering with McGuire Middle School (Lakeville) in the fall and adding a boys chapter. We have been mentoring at McGuire and Kenwood with girls chapters for over 8 years.

When we were approached by Dean Becky Erickson to add the boys chapter, we knew we had to jump on this opportunity. It really says something about our program that the school wants us to expand! If you or someone you know would like more information about how to become a mentor, please contact us at karenpeterson@hopefortomorrowmetoring.org 

It was A Night For Hope

Oh what a night! The 2018 Night for Hope, our annual gala was hosted at the Mendakota Country Club, a true Minneapolis/St. Paul favorite and a great supporter of Hope for Tomorrow. The evening celebrated over 20 years of mentoring with our special Keynote Speaker Ashly Robinson, a former mentee with Hope for Tomorrow and current Producer at The Players' Tribune.

Plenty of buzz filled the room while guests mingled, laughed and enjoyed bidding on a variety of silent auction items, playing carnival-style games and a chance to win one of many raffle prizes. Most importantly the night was designed to remind us how important mentoring is today. We thanked our current and past mentors and shared great stories of how we are making an impact. It was a successful evening and Hope for Tomorrow met its fundraising goals.

See it all in our event recap through images! We hope to make 2019 even more successful.