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Lake country boys seek mentors

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013 one in three children — a total of 15 million — were being raised without a father.

This occurs for many reasons, and some of these are beyond the control of the father. But the need for men to step forward as mentors is at high demand.

In June, three new boys entered the Kinship Partners program in the Lake Country Office and an additional three remain on the list waiting for mentors. Are you someone who might be able to share two to three hours each week with a boy in need?

Drake lives in the Pequot Lakes area and has had very limited exposure to his dad. He appears to enjoy school and will be entering seventh grade in the fall. He has received special education services in the past and has maintained good grades and established some budding friendships.

But what he really likes to do is hands-on activities. Playing outdoors, helping with landscape projects, tinkering with cars and engines and going fishing are some of his interests. He would enjoy going to the speedway or to one of our many area car shows.

As he has a big heart, Drake's mom would also like to see her son exposed to community volunteer opportunities and ways to help others.

Keeping Drake active and engaged is the key to a successful match. The mentor should be a patient man and help Drake work toward making compromises — all the while sharing a sense of humor and the willingness to be goofy together.

Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth ages 5 to 14. Offices are in Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Crosby and Staples. Call 218-454-8016 or visit for more information.