The Brother/Sister program creates a unique bridge connecting caring adult mentors to youth. Mentors help youth increase their self-confidence, social and communication skills, positive behaviors and help improve relationships at home, school and within the community.

Making a positive difference in the life of a kid who needs it. That’s the role – and reward – of the Brother/Sister volunteer.


To ensure mentors and their matches have the best experience possible, we recruit, screen and train mentors. We also provide ongoing support of the relationship and coordinate monthly group activities.

Matches meet once a week for two to three hours. They plan activities together and share their skills, time and interests with each other.

Brother/Sister is open to all families and youth ages 6 to 14 in the Mankato/North Mankato area. There are no income guidelines or fees to participate.


We’re looking for people 18 or older who have a clean driving record, valid car insurance and no criminal record.

We also ask for:

  • A nine-month minimum commitment to the program
  • Keeping regular meetings with the youth (about once a week for two to three hours)
  • Demonstrating values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility
  • Sharing skills, time and interests with youth
  • Communicating with the program staff monthly
  • Sharing relationship accomplishments and concerns with parent(s)
  • Sharing in costs of weekly outings with the youth
  • Help choose fun activities


  • Live within a two-mile radius of Mankato/North Mankato
  • Encourage and support the relationship between your child and the volunteer
  • Communicate with the program staff monthly with periodic written evaluations of program
  • Share relationship accomplishments and concerns with the volunteer mentor


  • Help choose fun activities
  • Be open with parent(s) and volunteer about your experiences and feelings
  • Share information on scheduled activities with parents

Yes! Please send me more information about the Brother/Sister Mentoring Program!

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Tom Schueneman
Director of Social Responsibility


Brother Sister Mentoring is a free program financially supported by the United Way, Otto Bremer Trust, Mankato Area Foundation, Consolidated Communications Community Fund of the MAF, and the YMCA Annual Strong Community Campaign.