This week United Way of Greater Duluth Volunteer Center and Duluth News Tribune recognize Kjell Mann’s contributions to Lowell KEY Zone!
Mann is from Sartell, Minn., and is a junior at the University of Minnesota Duluth where he studies exercise physiology. He keeps himself busy by being active in his community as well as on his campus. Mann plays on his school’s soccer team and is a leader for UMD’s “Rockstar Week.” These are only a couple of things that consume his time.
After a day of studying and soccer, he heads over to Lowell Elementary School, where he spends time with kids in the KEY Zone out-of-school time program. While at Lowell he helps kids with homework, plays games with them and serves as a resource for students.
Outside of KEY Zone, Mann is part of Mentor Duluth, where he spends his time with fourth-grader Zachary Laplante. The two have been hanging out since late June and have developed a relationship that is everlasting. Activities have consisted of Adventure Zone visits, eating in Canal Park, playing sports, YMCA trips, taking hikes and anything that the two can think of. “I feel as though I’m really helping him out.” Mann said.
Here’s more about Mann:
Q: How did you get started volunteering?
A: I volunteered at Lowell, where staff told me that I would be a good match with Zachary.
Q: Do you have a favorite memory from your experiences?
A: I had a lot of paper in my car and didn’t know what to do with it so when I picked up Zach I thought it would be fun to go to Enger Tower, make paper airplanes and throw them off!
Q: What organizations do you volunteer with?
A: I am a part of the PAL project at UMD, which records my volunteer hours for me, and through the YMCA I volunteer with Mentor Duluth as well as going to Lowell to just help out and volunteer.