About Us

Welcome to the Mentor Iowa Web Site! The mission of Mentor Iowa is to provide trained volunteer mentors to abused, neglected, and delinquent children who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. We will do this by working in partnership with the children, their families and the community.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 16th – Gameday Arcade

Friday, May 20th – Iowa Cubs

Saturday, June 18th – Jester Park Nature Center

Saturday, July 16th – Des Moines Menace  




Ways You Can Help & Updates

19th annual Mentor Iowa auction presented by GreenState Credit Union

On Sunday, April 24th, 2021 Mentor Iowa will host our 19th annual Mentor Iowa auction IN PERSON at the Hyperion Field Club in Johnston, Iowa.  We are so happy to be host this event once again in person to celebrate the accomplishments of Mentor Iowa with our champions present.  During this event we honor an entity with the Tidrick Honors award.  This award is presented to an individual/company/service group who has made an impact within the Mentor Iowa program and displays a true passion for helping youth involved in the court system.  We also honor two longtime mentors in our program with the Mentor of the Year award.

If you would like to help support Mentor Iowa by being an event sponsor or donate an item up for auction, please contact Mentor Iowa Executive Director, Marty Lester at 515-277-9797 or marty@mentoriowa.org.


VARIETY – the Children’s Charity grant award

Mentor Iowa is a recent recipient of a 2021 grant award from Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa!  This funding award from Variety will help sponsor five group events (Menagerie Stables – September, Pumpkin Patch – October, Iowa Wild – January, Scavenger Hunt – March, Iowa Cubs – May), Jeans for Teens/Clothes for Kids program, Mentor Iowa t-shirts, Mentor Activity Fund and Mentee Assistance Fund. These funds are instrumental for Mentor Iowa to provide a wide range of fun activities for our match pairs to participate in at no expense to our mentors.
Variety – the Children’s Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of children who are underprivileged, at-risk, critically ill or living with special needs. Funding is provided to programs and initiatives that directly impact the well-being of children throughout Iowa. For more information on how you can be a part of Variety’s work, please visit www.varietyiowa.com.
Thank you so much to Variety for their many ways of support to Mentor Iowa!

Mentor Iowa is honored to keep this post on our home page as this is our largest one day check we have received in our history.  We would like to thank O’Donnell & Friends Charities for selecting Mentor Iowa as the charity of choice from their golf outing in 2016.  As a result of their hard work and efforts, Mentor Iowa received $103,198.25 to help create the Dan & Dee O’Donnell scholarship. This scholarship will benefit Mentor Iowa mentees who are in their Sophomore, Junior and Senior years in college.


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