Duluth Mentor Program Celebrates 75 Years

By KBJR News 1

March 1, 2013 Updated Mar 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Mentors and Mentees alike celebrated seventy five years of the Duluth YMCA Mentoring program.

The celebration kicked off with games for the kids followed by dinner and the presentation of the Albert and Louise Ordean Making a Difference Award.

Mercedes Anderson and her mentor Annette Strom were chosen for the award.

They have been together for seven years and were chosen for the award due to their commitment to each other and program.

Advocates for the program say that mentoring isn't hard, its just another positive adult a child can look up to.

"The goal of the program is to provide one extra positive adult for the kids in the program. We currently have 250 kids on the waiting list, who are waiting for that one person to be their mentor to take them out and do activities together," said Mentor Advocate Cassie Flynn.

As a way to raise more money for the program, the Community Services director agreed to shave his mustache if the program raises $7500.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.