Author Archives: Mai-Anh Kapanke

About Mai-Anh Kapanke

Mai-Anh Kapanke is the executive director of the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. Kapanke graduated from Michigan State University with a journalism degree. During the 2013-2014 program year, she was selected for a Humphrey Policy Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. In 2011, she completed the Institute for Executive Director Leadership program through the University of St. Thomas. Prior to her work in the mentoring arena, Kapanke was a television news reporter and weather anchor. She has served as a mentor with both Mentor Duluth and Kids 'n Kinship and currently coaches her daughter's soccer team.

Mentoring 365 Project: A Passion for Peer Mentoring

Jeffrey Bissoy-Mattis is a junior at Carleton College, and has been OIIL Peer Leader for the past two years. Even though he initially didn’t consider taking the position, someone noticed how naturally mentoring came to Jeff and decided his outgoing … Continue reading

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CHANGE is the power to be BOLD. BOLD is the ability to LEAD.

Let me begin by saying Hello! and Happy New Year!  I am excited to be the new executive director for the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM) and I can assure you that I am not afraid to be BOLD and … Continue reading

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Opps! I did it again. I forgot about the brownie!

You’re about to address your local Kiwanis Club, a room of about 80 business leaders.  You step up to the podium, introduce yourself, and then you ask them to close their eyes and think of a person who made an impact on … Continue reading

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Creating the Win-Win

Our guest blogger is Courtney KcKeown, National Partnership Specialist for iMentor. McKeown will be co-presenting the workshop “Creating the Win-Win: Offering Students Better Services Through Join Programming” at the 13th annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15th. Acceptance letters are … Continue reading

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Inclusive Mentoring – A National Perspective

Our guest blogger is Kaela Vronsky, Mentoring and National Center Director for Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD). Vronksy will be presenting the workshop “Inclusive Mentoring – A National Perspective” at the 13th annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15th. Continue reading

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In Memoriam: Peter Benson

The following article was written by Youth Today and featured as their latest article 10/4/2011. Peter Benson, CEO of Search Institute, Dies at 65 October 03, 2011 by John Kelly Peter Benson, the long-time CEO of the Minneapolis-based Search Institute, died yesterday … Continue reading

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Resources in the Event of a Government Shutdown

I was hoping this blog would not be necessary, but with each passing day and the legislature and Governor Dayton nowhere near a compromise on how to balance the state budget, I thought I’d share some great resources in case your organization will be affected by … Continue reading

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