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Waiting for Mentor

Every year the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota assesses the state of mentoring in Minnesota.

The 2011 findings are very similar to what is seen in the local Kinship Partners service area of Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and the Staples-Motley communities.

The need for quality mentoring continues to grow as families struggle economically and seek safe places to live. Within the survey, 196,592 young people had access to mentoring experiences in 88 mentor programs. Nearly 75 percent of these experiences last at least nine months.

Locally, the average length of a Kinship Partners relationship is three years. As is the case statewide, more women than men volunteer to mentor and boys wait longer than girls before finding a mentor.

The best method to recruit new mentors is usually word of mouth and hearing about positive experiences from current mentors.

Our local office is also pleased by the consistent response generated from articles in our area newspapers.

Take a moment to consider 8-year-old Darrin from Pequot Lakes. His parents have recently divorced and he is eager to learn more about wildlife, fishing and woodworking. He’s a top reader and is an excellent student and fascinated with history, especially Native American and military.

When he’s not outdoors, Darrin likes to cook and put puzzles together with his younger sister.

For more information about Darrin or any of the children waiting for mentors, call 218-454-8016 or email

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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.
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