Kinship of Tomahawk receives $2,500 AT&T Innovation Award
Kinship of Tomahawk was presented Wednesday with a $2,500 AT&T Innovation Award to support its mentoring program for Central Wisconsin youth.
The AT&T donation will help support Kinship of Tomahawk’s mentoring program for teens. At-risk teens are paired with mentor volunteers who not only prepare them for the new school year, but also serve as mentors throughout the academic year.
“The mentoring relationships established during our program are critical to the future success of our teens and our community overall,” said Patti Hilgendorf, Executive Director of Kinship of Tomahawk. “We are very appreciative of companies like AT&T that step forward to support these mentoring programs and help the youth in our area.”
Kinship of Tomahawk is a nonprofit organization that believes in and promotes the concept of youth mentoring. The organization works to improve lives by establishing quality relationships between individuals and caring volunteers for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship and community.
“The work that Kinship does in our community is so important to the development of the future leaders of Central Wisconsin,” said State Representative Mary Czaja (R-Irma). “It is wonderful to see Wisconsin businesses supporting these critical mentorship programs in our community.”
The AT&T Wisconsin Innovation & Investment Award program provides funding to organizations and programs that improve the community by advancing education, enhancing the environment, promoting economic development or delivering vital community services.
“As a company, AT&T is committed to investing in our communities and helping prepare our young people to be our future leaders,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “We are very proud to support Kinship’s efforts to provide adult mentors who are making a positive difference in the lives of area youth.”