Your Support can CHANGE KIDS’ LIVES!

Your donation will help us bring hope to a kid, today, as it helps us recruit, train, and support mentors from our community and begin the process of empowering kids!


Are you looking for a way to truly make a difference in this world – now and into the future? We fully believe in the power of mentoring to impact our culture in a way like no other. Kids receive help to build strong values, learn life-skills, and begin to dream of what things can become – changing today’s generation and those of tomorrow. Now, that is significant!

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Donations help now and long term

Your donation helps change our troubled culture now and for years and generations to come. IYM is dependent on the generosity of individuals and community supporters, and we appreciate each gift knowing that it will help us meet our needs of today, while building a stronger organization for the future – which in turn helps more kids and families year after year.

Support that works


All moneys given to IYM go directly to kids in our Tri-Cities region and positively affect our community. Focus is placed on the recruitment of new mentors to meet the need of enrolled kids, making quality mentor matches, and equipping our mentors to best support their mentee. IYM staff is constantly studying youth culture, implementing new ideas, garnering additional partnerships, creating exciting activities, and developing ways to inspire our mentors, and supporting mentees and their families.

IYM’s Effective Practice

We use “The Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring” to carry out all aspects of our program that have earned us the 2008 National Mentoring Program of the Year, as named by The Christian Association of Youth Mentoring (CAYM). IYM is modelled around the nation as CAYM trains new and existing mentoring programs on strategies for effectively running a mentoring program.

Money Well Spent

IYM believes that they best way to use finances is on preventative measures that will save significantly more money in the near and distant future. Investing in mentoring does just that. Your kind donation will help kids keep on or get back on the right track so that their choices will benefit them and our community, instead of having a negative impact. An official for the Illinois prison system some time ago addressed their methods for determining how many beds new prisons should be equipped with. He said that one significant factor was identifying how many boys are without a dad in the home and are living in poverty. Let’s spend our energy and money on kids before they make big mistakes. (notice the book mentioned below)

** If you make a donation of $50 or more we would love to send you a copy of “Better to Build Boys Then Mend Men” by Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-Fil-A restaurants, as a thank you for your generosity.

It's Better to Build Boys than Mend Men“Children have plenty of buddies. In an age when kids all around us are growing up without strong, positive guidance from their parents (who are busy, distracted, gone, or choose to be buddies instead of parents) children need someone they can look to with respect to help them build their lives.

When he was thirteen years old, Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, had such a man step into his life: a Sunday school teacher who modeled love, respect, hard work, and discipline. Cathy decided to follow that model, and today he has some 130 foster grandchildren, many of whom have broken their family’s generational cycle of neglect through the encouragement of Cathy and other adults who reached out to them.

In It’s Better to Build Boys Than Mend Men, Truett Cathy lays out a simple model for adults desiring to reach out to youth and challenges readers to allow God to work through them to change the life of a child. His book is filled with stories illustrating the principles of discipline, trust, reputation, generosity, common sense, peer pressure, and family stability.

Readers who follow their hearts into children’s lives will find that their own lives are enriched as well.”