YMCA Mentoring Program Receives Otto Bremer Trust Grant

    August 28th, 2020

    Mankato, MN – The Mankato Family YMCA Mentoring Programs recently received a $30,000.00 grant from the Otto Bremer Trust which will help provide mentoring opportunities for youth and families in the Mankato area.

    The Mentoring Program at the YMCA includes the Brother/Sister Program and School-Based Mentoring. The goal is to build trusted relationships between the mentor and mentee, where confidence and hope becomes a reality.

    “We are grateful for the grant from Otto Bremer Trust,” said Tom Schueneman, Director of Social Responsibility. “With these funds, we are able to continue this critical community work and provide opportunities for the youth we serve.”

    The consequences of the pandemic and economic downturn will likely cause social, emotional and financial hardships for local families. It is anticipated that referrals to the Mentoring Program will increase as the needs of the youth in the community become greater.

    The Mankato Family YMCA will always reach out in socially responsible ways while working diligently to bring together those who seek to achieve this common goal. At the core of this work is the fundamental truth that all young people need and deserve to have one caring and consistent adult that is encouraging them and helping them along in life’s journey. Mentoring impacts our schools, neighborhoods, workplace and community for the better. It has the possibility to change a young person’s life.

    Anyone interested in becoming a mentor is asked to call 507-345-9815 or complete an online application at https://mankatoymca.org/brothersister-mentoring/.


    About The Mankato Family YMCA

    The Mankato YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, body and social well-being for all. We work to gather communities, making accessible to all high-quality programs and services that promote and develop health, spirit, mind, body and social well-being throughout South Central Minnesota by focusing on Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

    About the Otto Bremer Trust

    The Otto Bremer Trust is a bank holding company and a private charitable trust based in Saint Paul, Minn., that works at the intersection of finance and philanthropy. OBT is the 86 percent owner of Bremer Bank, a regional financial services company, and also manages a diversified investment portfolio. Since its founding, OBT has invested more than $700 million in people, places, and opportunities in the Upper Midwest. Visit ottobremer.org.