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.

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

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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.


A Night For Hope!

A Night For Hope promised to be fun, inspirational and a room full of kindness, and it delivered! We are thankful for the generous support from our many sponsors of the event. A Night for Hope is an annual fundraiser for Hope for Tomorrow. In addition to connecting old and new mentors across chapters, it gives everyone a chance to hear testimonials from past mentees about the impact that Hope for Tomorrow has had on them. The event was hosted the evening of May 3, 2018 at the Mendakota Country Club.