August Mentor of the Month

Ellen Whitlatch, August Mentor of the Month

Our Mentor of the Month for August is Ellen Whitlatch. Ellen has served as a mentor for the past three years at our summer and school-year programs. This summer she was a mentor at Walnut Street School.

As a former elementary teacher, she has a passion for reading and books. She shares this passion weekly with her readers.

Ellen really stepped up to the plate this summer (always with a smile) and read with a different child almost every week. Attendance varies greatly for the students and mentors over the summer, so she graciously read with a child who most needed a mentor.

“I am present for the benefit of the student, and the student helps me grow as a person at the same time,” Ellen said.  “Reading one on one is a wonderful opportunity to give someone your undivided attention and be that one more caring adult in the life of a student. It is truly rewarding. My life has been enriched by developing friendships with the other mentors , our site coordinator, and the students I read with. We look forward to seeing each other once a week. That time is reserved, just for us.”

Thank you, Ellen, you rock!

July Mentor of the Month

July Mentor of the Month Kate Corman and her mentee, Keira
Our Mentor of the Month for July is Kate Corman. Kate is a mentor at Carver Community School.

Kate has been an EWI mentor for both the school year and summer programs for 5 years. She brings her love of reading and enthusiasm for books to the program. She consistently visits local libraries for books of interest for her mentees. This last school year her student enjoyed Super Hero books and she just may have checked out every Super Hero book in the city!

“Books take a person to a new place, another reality, where their imagination is the limit. A kid’s imagination is something to treasure so by reading they can use their minds in new ways they might not in the classroom, with friends, etc. I can think of no better way to share my love of reading than by reading with the Everyone Wins! Iowa Power Lunch program. It’s been a rewarding experience for me and I’ve gotten to reread and discuss some of my favorites again like “Charlotte’s Web” and “Fudge-a-mania”.”

 Thanks for sharing Kate!

Welcome to our new IDPH AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate, Jordan Mains!


Say hello to our newest staff member, Jordan Mains. Jordan will be our new quarter-time IDPH AmeriCorps Mentoring Advocate. He grew up in Algona, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University  with a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and a second major in Psychology. Jordan is excited to be a part of the Everybody Wins! Iowa team because it’s a great way to help youth and give back to the community. Welcome aboard, Jordan!

June Mentor of the Month

June Mentor of the Month, Morris Hutchins

Our Mentor of the Month for June is Morris Hutchins. Morris is a mentor at Monroe Elementary and McKinley Elementary.

Morris started mentoring with us in the summer of 2015 and continued his mentoring throughout the school year. This summer Morris has continued his involvement with not just one, but two summer programs. “His dedication to our program shows in how quickly he bonds with his students. The laughter that comes from their tables, even after one meeting, is infectious,” says Macy McKendree, Program Manager.

Morris shared with us why he enjoys being a mentor:
“I enjoy reading with the Everybody Wins Iowa program because the experience with the kids, the experience being a mentor, and being able to help the community a little more. I enjoy kids’ stories and their experiences and seeing what they learn from us, the mentors. It’s a great experience, and I love it. I’ve been doing it about a year now and I wouldn’t change it for anything. I’m glad to be involved with the community and the schools within Des Moines and for this opportunity.”

Thank you for your dedication to our students and program, Morris!