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Real men are mentors

In life we are provided very few situations in which we are rewarded just by walking into a room.

Mentoring is one of those rare situations. A child’s life improves the moment you demonstrate a willingness to care.

Today 31 of the 48 children on our waiting list are boys who live without the guidance of men in their lives. In addition, these 31 boys have waited an average of 10 months for a Real Man to step up and be their mentor.

Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth from the ages of 5 to 14. We have offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples.

Mentoring is simple and the most successful relationships are built around common, shared activities and interests. We provide the support, structure and supervision needed to make sure everyone experiences a safe and positive relationship.

You only need to be yourself — a caring adult, willing to spend time with a child who needs a role model.

How often do we take a moment to look at the people who shaped our lives? Think for a moment — who were the important men and women that influenced you?

Imagine now if you took all of them away.

That is what life is like for many of the children waiting for someone like you to come into their lives as a Kinship Partner mentor.

The wonderful thing about mentoring is that you are already equipped to be a great mentor. You bring to the table something unique that these kids do not have in their lives — the ability to be their friend.

The choice to share your time with a child who needs a mentor results in a living expression of who you are; a legacy of caring.

Will you consider giving the gift of friendship by becoming a mentor?

For more information about becoming a mentor, call 218-829-4606 or 877-730-5437, or visit

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
(218) 855-5889