Our mission at Bridges is, “to strengthen the self esteem and social skills of children and youth by providing positive mentoring relationships at no cost to the families.” We serve children in the Riceville, St. Ansgar & Osage school districts.
Who are Bridges Mentors?
Bridges Mentors are caring volunteers from Mitchell county who enjoy spending time with kids and supporting their healthy development.
Qualities of Bridges Mentors:
- A desire to be involved in a young person’s life
- Respect for young people
- An ability to empathize
- Flexibility and openness
- Listening skills
How do kids get referred to Bridges?
Teachers, counselors and parents can refer a child (ages 5-17) to the mentoring program. Our philosophy is that every child needs a mentor. Bridges staff is happy to connect with any parent or teacher who would like to learn more.
Meet the Bridges Mentoring Program Advisory Board:
Geri Thompson – Chairman
Jean Hemann – Secretary
Cindy Davis – NICAO supervisor for Bridges
Sandy Offen – Riceville Representative
Kris Lewis – Mentor Representative
Alyssa Gerdes – Mentee Representative
Rae Anne Havig – Past Program Coordinator
Julie Maliszewski – Past Mentor Specialist
Jan Adams- Osage Community member
Joyce Neerhof- St. Ansgar Representative
Kiersten Kisner – Past Mentor Specialist
Mary Bucheit – Osage Community Member
Marlene Norby – Osage Community Member
Lacey Waller – Program Coordinator