As we continue to grow our program one of our most exciting developments still remains our expansion efforts into Iowa. Since we began our expansion into Iowa in 2008 we have since watched 13 chapters expand and grow into great programs delivering effectively on our mission – to inspire kids to reach their full potential through mentoring. This week, we celebrate a great highlight in the Iowa League of Cities state wide publication Citysccape.
In the article by Mickey Shields titled It’s all about the team, Shields talks about the importance of mentoring on the success of a community and how leaders are not made over night, rather everyone needs a little guidance to get to where they want to be. Highlighting our Council Bluffs chapter with 150 mentor-mentee matches, Mayor Hanafan of Council Bluffs speaks up about his experience.
Mayor Hanafan has been mentoring for 6 years through the TeamMates Mentoring Program. Hanafan talks about how he was not sure how long the relationship would last at first, but now walks in to his office everyday with two pictures on his desk; one of him and his mentee the day they first met, and one on the day his mentee graduated high school. In a highlighted quote, Mayor Tom Hanafan said that the mentoring experience has been a fresh air as that one hour each week has given him a chance to step away from the pressures at city hall and spend some time with his mentee. Hanafan says it right when talking about public officials and community leaders stepping up to the plate to mentor. “There are a lot of kids out there that need a little bit of help. Leaders need to be leaders.”
We are so grateful for public officials such as Mayor Hanafan leading our expansion path through Iowa. Today, we have 13 chapters established in Iowa: A-H-S-T, Boyer Valley, Council Bluffs, Denison, Harlan, Lewis Central, Missouri Valley, Nishnabotna, Sidney, Spencer, Storm Lake, Waterloo, and Woodbine.
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