MENTOR, the National Mentoring Partnership, has identified 15 million children in our nation that are in need of caring and quality mentors. Thousands of these children live in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. In 2008, in an effort to help close this “mentoring gap,” Coaches Bill Snyder and Tom Osborne, both mentoring advocates, began issuing a friendly challenge to see which state (Kansas or Nebraska) could sign up the most new mentors. In 2011, the Challenge became a three-state competition among Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Now, in 2013, we have once again expanded the Challenge to include Michigan and Minnesota. The competition is really heating up!!!
Leading TEAM Kansas-Head Coach Bill Snyder of Kansas State University and Head Coach Charlie Weis of the University of Kansas.
Kansas is the undefeated Coaches Challenge Champion! During the last five years of the Challenge, participating states recruited over 26,250 new mentors!
Last year, Kansas programs recruited 4,385 new mentors to help close the mentoring gap! To view the Press Release about the 2012 Coaches' Challenge, click here.
Looking to take the Challenge and become a mentor? Fill out this form or find a local mentoring program near you!