Run to support mentorsA year of making friends was celebrated during the Mentor Superior annual picnic in Kelly Park Thursday. To date, 30 children have been paired with mentors in Superior and Douglas County.
A year of making friends was celebrated during the Mentor Superior annual picnic in Kelly Park Thursday. To date, 30 children have been paired with mentors in Superior and Douglas County.
“Looking back over the past year, it is overwhelming to see the support of the community and the way the program has grown,” said Rebecca Haavik, Mentor Superior program advocate.
Mentor Superior started with a push from Superior/Douglas County Leadership participants, the support of the United Way of Superior-Douglas County and a partnership of Mentor Duluth.
Based in office space donated by the Superior Housing Authority, Mentor Superior matches adult mentors with children ages 5-17. Mentors provide one-on-one time with the child and serve as a positive role model.
“One of the greatest factors in a child’s success is just the number of positive adults they have in their life,” Haavik said.
Kathi Madsen, executive director of the United Way of Superior-Douglas County, said youth mentoring programs have been shown statistically to make a big impact on youth involved.
Mentor Superior is geared toward making friendships. The program provides once-a-month activities for participants and stresses doing free or low-cost things together, like watching a movie, taking a walk or cooking … things you would do with a friend.
For more information, contact Haavik at 218-393-9160 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The group also has a Facebook page.
Another way to support the program is to slip on your running shoes. The Mentor Superior 5K takes place Saturday on the Osaugie Trail. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Barker’s Island Marina with the race starting at 10 a.m. The cost is $25 per person Runners can register at the event, call Haavik or online at www.duluthymca.org.