For Immediate Release
June 1, 2010

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

Kansas Mentors Announces Mini-Grant Recipients

Local programs propose strategies to recruit and retain more Kansans as mentors

TOPEKA, KS –Coach Bill Snyder, Dr. Andy Tompkins, and Kristy McKechnie, co-chairs of Kansas Mentors’ advisory councils, announced today the recipients of roughly $34,000 in mentor recruitment and retention mini-grants through the Kansas Mentors’ initiative. 

“Kansas’ mentoring programs are reporting significant declines in funding while an increase in the need for services,” Snyder said.  “These funds are a strategic investment to ensure more young Kansans have access to a caring role model.”

Grant funds will allow recipients to implement a variety of recruitment and retention strategies over the next six months to engage more Kansans as volunteer mentors.  Recipients were selected based on their ability to leverage local resources as match funds and collaborate with community partners.  Recipients include:


County

Program

Award

Barton & Pawnee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Barton & Pawnee Counties

$1,387

Bourbon

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bourbon County 

$1,000

Coffey, Franklin & Osage

ECKAN

$1,500

Cowley

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cowley County

$1,500

Crawford

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Crawford County

$1,464

Douglas

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County

$1,500

Franklin

Elizabeth Layton Center

$1,500

Harvey

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harvey County

$1,000

Johnson & Wyandotte

YouthFriends

$2,000

Lyon

USD #253

$2,500

Marion

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Marion County

$1,000

McPherson

Big Brothers Big Sisters of McPherson County

$1,000

Miami

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami County

$1,037

Reno

USD #308

$2,485

Sedgwick

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sedgwick County

$1,500

Sedgwick

Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas

$1,500

Sedgwick

Youth Horizons

$1,500

Shawnee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka

$1,500

Shawnee

Breakthrough House, Inc.

$1,500

Shawnee

YWCA of Topeka

$1,500

Statewide

The Learning Tree Institute

$2,500

Wyandotte

Kansas City Urban Youth Center

$1,997


To date, Kansas Mentors has awarded more than $510,000 to mentoring organizations statewide and is currently partnered with more than175 mentoring programs serving 86 Kansas counties.  The organization is committed to providing every young Kansan access to a caring and quality mentor through recruitment, awareness and training efforts.