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PR-B area needs men to step up to mentor boys

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Our kids might not like to admit this, but many of them are looking forward to the start of the school year.

For many, it has been a long summer of loneliness and unstructured time. Research states that about 40 percent of a teen's waking hours are spent without companionship or supervision.

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Schools offer a safe and productive haven for children. Mentors also offer a valuable place for children to spend free time.

Right now Kinship Partners has a need for men in the Pine River-Backus area to step forward to mentor boys. Teen years are a critical time when boys make choices that can affect the rest of their lives.

What classes should I take? How can I make a good impression when seeking employment? Is this a good activity or group of peers to choose?

Mentors offer boys a safe place to talk about what is really going on in their lives. A mentor will listen, explore options and not judge. A mentor will demonstrate trust and help the youth make better choices.

All the while the pair also shares laughter, fun and new opportunities for growth.

Please consider Corbin and Thomas, brothers from rural Backus, or Drake, from the Jenkins area. These are guys at a critical stage of their lives looking for men to fill their spare time with fun and meaning.

Kinship is looking for mentors to spend time with children a few hours every week. It is all about showing up and sharing a bit of you.

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

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