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.

Celebrate A Night for Hope!

Join us for our annual A Night for Hope....we will celebrate the work of our mentors, hear from past mentees and raise money. This is our primary fundraiser of the year. We will have fantastic food at the Mendakota Country Club, fun games, mystery boxes, raffle and silent auction items. We would love to see full participation from each chapter. Bring your friends, family and co-workers!

Registration is now open...click this link: https://tinyurl.com/y9o2u5wr

A HUGE THANK YOU to our Platinum Sponsor---Country Cabinets.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors---HOBO, Inc., Deerwood Bank, Blue Cross® and Blue Shield® of Minnesota, Great Lakes Home Renovations, Talla Skogmo Interior Design and McDonald Eye Care.

Our Silver Sponsors---Life Wellness Center, Dakota Electric and Maggie Mell-Edina Realty

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