BILL SNYDER, CO-CHAIR                                                                             

 March 6, 201


 For Additional Information Contact:

Cheri Faunce, KM Director 785.368.6211


Kansas Mentors Announces Grant Recipients

Funds will aid mentoring programs to ensure safe mentoring relationships


TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas Mentors (KM) today announced it has awarded more than $27,000 in grants to 17 mentoring programs to help offset the costs of mentor background checks conducted through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI).


During 2012-2013, Volunteer Kansas awarded $100,000 to Kansas Mentors to help mentoring programs across the state defray the costs of KBI background checks on mentors.  During the upcoming grant cycle, KM will distribute nearly $35,000 in grant funding. Grant funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until all money has been allotted.  Application materials are available at and interested applicants should contact KM Director Cheri Faunce at 785.368.6211 or email


Background checks are an essential component of the screening process to help ensure the safety of youth involved in mentoring programs.  The cost of criminal background checks, however, is substantial considering every mentor should complete and pass a check before they can begin mentoring.  This can pose a major funding barrier with the potential to limit the number of young people a program serves, or even worse, put youth in danger should a mentoring program forgo the background check because of the cost.  This grant serves as an avenue to bridge the gap and encourage mentoring programs to continue doing important checks on potential volunteer mentors.


“Kansas’ mentoring programs are reporting significant declines in funding while an increase in the need for services,” Coach Bill Snyder, chair of Kansas Mentors said.  “These funds are a strategic investment to ensure more young Kansans have access to a safe and caring adult role model.”


Kansas Mentors Grant Recipients


County                                   Program                                                                                  Grant Award

Harper                                      Anthony-Harper USD 458- Runner Buddies                                 $300    

Leavenworth                              Basehor-Linwood USD 458- Mentors & CareCats                      $1,200

Chase, Coffey, Lyon & Morris    Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Flint Hills                                    $1,300

Saline                                       Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina                                                  $3,200

Wyandotte                                Bonner Springs/Edwardsville- Mentor Volunteer Program            $1,000

Butler                                        Butler County Department on Aging- Foster Grandparents          $500

Sedgwick & Sumner                  MHASCK- Compeer Mentoring                                                   $500

Riley                                         HandsOn Kansas State- Academic Mentoring                             $600

Statewide                                  Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters                                                  $10,000

Kiowa, Pratt & Ford                   MATCH: Mentor a Teen; Create Hope                                        $900

Reno                                        Reno County Communities that Care Mentors                             $1,000

Riley                                         RSVP of the Flint Hills- Schools of Hope                                     $1,000

Johnson                                   Shawnee Mission School District- My Volunteer Pal                    $3,990

Shawnee                                   Topeka Youth Project Mentoring Program                                  $300

Shawnee                                   Women Empowerment, Inc.                                                       $240

Sedgwick                                  Youth Horizons                                                                            $600

Shawnee                                   YWCA- Girls on the Run of Topeka                                            $700


Kansas Mentors is currently partnered with more than 175 mentoring programs serving all 105 Kansas counties.  The organization is committed to providing every young Kansan access to a caring and quality mentor through recruitment, awareness, and training efforts.  Funding is still available for this grant.  Mentoring programs interested in applying for funding can visit Kansas Mentors at


The mission of Volunteer Kansas is to connect potential volunteers with organizations that need help.  Based in Wichita, Kan., Volunteer Kansas has an extensive and diverse network of individual, corporate and nonprofit contacts, making it uniquely suited to take on the vision of Kansas as the top volunteer state in the nation.  To learn more, please visit or contact Nola Brown at 316.260.3353.