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Every child has potential—we help them unlock it.

Mentoring Assistance Tanager Place

To volunteer for Children of Promise as a mentor contact Teresa Kurtz, (319) 365-9164 or

When a child has access to strong role models and a network of support, they have the best chance to unlock their potential. Tanager Place offers guidance and support to help area youth become confident, independent, successful adults.

Children of Promise

Children of Promise is a mentoring program at Tanager Place focused on youth with a parent who is incarcerated, on probation or on parole. Participants get a chance to develop relationships with mentors who provide guidance and advice that builds on the youth’s strengths to help them accomplish their goals.

This free mentoring program is open to youth (ages 5-18) in the Linn county area who have a parent involved with the correctional system. The program lasts one year, but youth have the opportunity to continue with the program for a second year.

Children of Promise meets twice a month. During each session, we offer games, team building activities, group discussions and help with academics. Outside of meetings, youth are matched with mentors based on shared interests, common experiences and natural relationships that develop during group activities.

1 in 28 American youths will see a parent incarcerated before their 18th birthday, increasing the risk of poor academic performance, delinquency and violence.