Mentors for Youth to have new director

Herald Staff Writer

Mentors for Youth of Dubois County will soon have a new executive director.


Jasper native Courtney Knies was selected by the organization’s board of directors. She will start her new position Jan. 6.

“Through the mentors in my life, I know how important that is,” Knies said Monday. “I am looking forward to being back in my home community again and serving an organization that will be able to hopefully provide mentors for more youth.”

Knies, 26, has been program director for Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, a nonprofit organization in Westfield specializing in training and educating leaders, since 2010.

She is the daughter of Brian and Joan Knies and is a graduate of Jasper High School and DePauw University. While at DePauw, Knies received the I. Nelle Barnhart Student Life Award and was a Bonner Scholar, a program known for its efforts in volunteerism and philanthropy.

She said she has enjoyed her work with youth groups like Young Life and with mentoring programs for Westfield students. “I’ve always been passionate about nonprofit organizations,” she said.

Knies replaces Melissa Wagler, who resigned the leadership position in August to pursue other opportunities, Mentors for Youth board President Jennifer Wilkerson said Monday.

Previously known as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dubois County, which has served Dubois County for more than 25 years, Mentors for Youth is dedicated to facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between youth and volunteers for the purpose of enhancing individual lives and the community. Mentors for Youth matches children with responsible adults for one-on-one mentoring. The agency has 49 active matches and 40 children on its waiting list.

To learn more about Mentors for Youth and volunteering for the organization, call the organization at 482-2227 or visit its website at

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