December 2018 


Help us spread the word! National Mentoring Month is a time to acknowledge mentoring and the effect it has on youth. Our goal is to also raise awareness of the impact of mentoring, and to encourage volunteers to be a friend individually, to team up with someone else, such as a spouse or friend, or mentor as a family.

Mentoring is simple, exciting, rewarding, and life-changing! If you have quotes, stories, photos, selfies or videos that you would like to share about your match relationship, January is an ideal time to do so.  Please share these on your social media or send them to Ellen. Now is the time to give back to your community and make the commitment to a youth.

A proclamation will be signed by the County Board of Supervisors, mentoring staff and mentoring supporters. Mentors, mentees, parents of mentees, Mentoring Steering Committee members, and mentoring friends are encouraged to attend. Proclamations are a formal document that announces the importance of something.

Proclamation Signing

Monday, January 7, 1:00 pm

Delaware County Courthouse in Manchester,

Board of Supervisors - first floor



Carloads of families and friends are coming through Holiday Lights nightly with their eyes all aglow! Holiday Lights 2018 began with a grand kick-off with the ever popular walk-through night on November 21. Over 1,500 people enjoyed hot soups, beverages, and treats donated by local businesses. There was a live nativity scene from St. Benedict Church and singing choral groups from the area. On Saturday, November 24 there were grand fireworks donated by a local family.

Holiday Lights is open nightly at the Pulpit Rock Campground in Decorah from 5:00-9:00 pm. Santa is at the event every Thursday-Sunday, from 5:30-8:00 p.m., with his last night being December 23. Free-will donations at the display help support all of the services Helping Services for Youth & Families offers including: domestic abuse advocacy, family education, substance abuse prevention, and YOUTH MENTORING.

Make plans now to visit the lights with your friends and family. There is always so much to see that you may want to plan multiple visits. We would also appreciate you sharing about the display with others so that they can begin or continue their traditions of going to the lights. Enjoy the fun!

Gavin and Les enjoy some friendly competition

with a game of Connect 4 in the after school mentoring program.


   January 7

  • Proclamation Signing, 1:00 p.m. Delaware County Courthouse, 301 E Main Street, Manchester

   January 14

  • Potluck & Game Night, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, Sonshine Center, 113 Guetzko Court, Manchester.


December 3

  • Helping Services for Youth & Families, 11:30 a.m., 301 N Franklin Street, Manchester 

 December 4

  • Edgewood Steering Committee, 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Join us electronically via Zoom




I am in 6th grade and I go to West Delaware and enjoy music, cooking and animals

I am 11 years old and live in Manchester. I like band, riding bikes, and playing in the sandbox.

I am in 3rd grade at Colesburg Elementary. I like being outdoors, soccer, art and math.


This is a publication of Youth Mentoring at Helping Services: Mentoring Connection for Delaware County.



An important conversation starter

What do you do if someone is

behaving in an unsafe way?

Fun games in the after school mentoring program.

Lots of outdoor giggles during the after

school mentoring program.

Lots to learn during the Manners & Etiquette Training.


Be sure to join us for a delicious potluck followed by an array of fun games on Monday, January 14. Mentors, mentees, Mentors For A Day are invited to attend.

  • 6:00 p.m: Meet at Our Savior Lutheran Church, SONshine Center
  • A variety of soups, table service, and condiments provided.
  • All mentors are asked to provide a dish to share.
  • 6:30 p.m: Fun games will begin.

If you have a favorite game that you would like to bring, feel free to do so. Please have your name on it so they do not get misplaced. This is a great way for matches to meet others and have some friendly competition.

All mentees should be accompanied by their mentor or a Mentor For A Day. It will be very important to have the right amount of food for everyone, so you must RSVP. Requests for Mentors For A Day and RSVP’s must be made by, Friday, January 11. See you for some food and games!


Mentoring shows significant promise for enhancing the well-being of youth. Mentoring continues to positively impact a youth’s development across behavioural, social, emotional and academic domains. Many successful people attribute at least part of their success to having a mentor. The right mentor can provide advice and connections that help their mentee reach heights that would be impossible alone.

Currently, 44 matches are active between three school districts: West Delaware, Maquoketa Valley and Edgewood-Colesburg schools. Of those matched, 14 are involved in community-based and 30 are active in school-based mentoring relationships. At present, we have 17 youth still waiting for a mentor.

      We appreciate all that participate in and support Youth Mentoring! 


Youth Mentoring loves to touch base with program participants to determine how the match is going. As part of our efforts to continue the quality of our programs, during the upcoming months, Youth Mentoring will be asking a brief question when contacting mentors, mentees, and parents/ guardians about one of these topics: child safety, communication, challenges of the match, and others.  

Please know that Youth Mentoring is not looking for a right or wrong answer. We just want to know  your experiences an
d want to continue to support you in the best manner possible. Thank you for all you do!


Ellen Krogmann, CPS
Mentoring Coordinator


PO Box 493, Manchester • 563-379-3454