Since 2012, we’re proud be a part of the greater North Iowa Mentoring Collaborative along with One-On-One and NIACC’s RSVP programs. All of our mentoring programs are actually certified by the state’s Iowa Mentoring Partnership and our partnership gives us all opportunities to connect, attend trainings, apply for grants and plan activities.
For example, our North Iowa Collaborative recieved a grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice & Deliquency Prevention (OJJDP) to specially serve 11-15 year-olds.
One individual we work closely with is Jessica Prazak of the Mason City Youth Task Force. Next month Jess is sending us to the Minnesota Mentoring Conference. We’re excited about this learning opportunity and thought it would be fun to feature Jessica:
How long have Bridges and the Mason City Youth Taskforce had a partnership?
“Since 2003. We’re going on our eleventh year.”
What are your main responsibilities as the Mentoring Collaborative Coordinator?
“I run the One-On-One Mentroing Program, manage program budgets, recruit mentors, coordinate trainings and oversee outreach programs.”
What are you looking forward to this coming school year?
“We’re working on coordinating teams to pilot a new group mentoring program. We’re also excited about partnering with local businesses to involve them with volunteer opportunities in mentoring.”
Is there anything you’d like to share about your family?
“I have an eight-year daughter and 10-year old son. They both enjoy coming to the group mentoring outings. My husband Jake and I own NIP Fitness in Mason City. Jake is a world record-holder in bench pressing.
What is your favorite book?
“Growing-up my favorite book was Charlotte’s Web. Now, I’m encouraging my kids to read it and hope they enjoy it as much as I did.”
What is your favorite summer activity?
“Every summer we look forward to getting together at a cabin in Northern Minnesota for a family reunion.”
If you have further questions for Jessica, contact her by phone at 641-421-2708 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just like Bridges, One-To-One is always in need of caring adult mentors to serve Cerro Gordo County children.