Mentor Tutor Connection began in 1996 when Marge Bruno, who was Rotary President at the time, envisioned a program to tutor local students. The following year, new Rotary president, Bob Adams, joined up with Marge. As a volunteer basketball coach at Alta Vista High School, Bob enjoyed the connection he established with the students on his team. He and his wife, Lois, saw the value of these relationships and wanted to bring mentoring to more kids.
Gradually, a community of local volunteers joined Marge and Bob. Those early days of Mentor Tutor Connection began as a Rotary service project to deliver tutoring and mentoring to local students. The project grew and became known as Partners for New Generations (PNG), a grassroots effort to recruit, train, and place mentors and tutors with underserved youth in the local community.