Social Responsibility

Social Responsibility

Giving back and providing support to our neighbors

The Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA has been deeply rooted in the community for over ten years. Our organization is service based and reaches nearly every area of the county. Whether you're a local or brand new to the area, being a Y member gives you the opportunity to explore the many ways you can join us in a fit and healthy lifestyle. When you're at the Y, you can make friends, discuss the latest best seller in the AOA book club, recreate and relax after a long day, or simply sit and have a cup of coffee and read the newspaper.

You can work out alone, with a personal trainer, or join a class led by a certified instructor. The Y's friendly and highly trained staff is available to answer your questions and acquaint you with the many activities we offer. There is something for everyone of every age...sports; swimming; yoga; Pickleball; dance; and much more. If you want to be active and involved in your community, the Y is the place to be.

Our goal is to help you develop your mind, body, and spirit in a relaxed atmosphere that makes everyone feel comfortable and welcome. We believe in youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. We offer financial assistance, payment plans, away-member benefits, and senior programs covered by many insurance plans. The YMCA invites you to come in and see what we have to offer.

The YMCA is a nonprofit public benefit corporation with 501(c)3 status. Our tax identification number is 41-1908049.  Questions? Contact the YMCA at 320-222-9622 or email

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When you give to the Y, you continue to strengthen our community and move us all forward. As the nation's leading nonprofit for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y uses your gift to make a meaningful, enduring impact in our community.

Lend a Hand Mentor Program

In January 2004, the Mentor Program moved to the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. The YMCA has room for further program growth and development, programming for mentors and mentees and a central location or “meeting” place for activities.

The Lend A Hand Mentor Program takes youth referred from the Kandiyohi County area and matches them with volunteer adults from the area who have passed a thorough screening and background check process. Youth aged 6 to 15 are referred to the mentor program through teachers, child guides, social services, community corrections, parents and even the kids themselves. The mentor and mentee can use the YMCA free when doing activities together. Regular contact is maintained throughout the match by the YMCA Mentor Program Coordinator.

How do I refer a child to the program?

The process is simple. Just complete the Referral Application and deliver to Leah at the YMCA.

Download a Referral Application (PDF)

How does a child receive a mentor?

The program is explained to the family and they are able to express concerns or ask questions they may have. The child is then placed on a waiting list of children to be selected from by prospective mentors. While the children are on the waiting list, programming is offered to keep the kids and their families interested in the Mentor Program.

The family, the mentor and the program director meet on the match date. When they get to know one another, they exchange information. Once this is done, the first activity between the mentor and mentee is scheduled.

How do I become a mentor?

People who are interested in becoming volunteer mentors must fill out an application before background and reference checks are started. Once the prospective mentor’s background and reference checks are cleared, the mentors are trained. This is an informal training where information is given to help them be successful mentors. Also at this training, the mentors select their mentee from a youth profile list. The youth profile list is a list of kids with information on their interests, hobbies, city, gender and age. When the mentor selects a mentee, both parties are contacted and a match date is set.

Download a Mentor Application Packet (PDF)

If you have questions or would like further information about the mentoring program, please contact Leah Thorpe, the Mentor Program Coordinator at (320) 222-9622 or via email at

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