About Us

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.

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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