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Every child needs a mentor

Kinship Partners encourages individuals, couples and entire families to become involved in the important work of mentoring children.

Time is taken to access each child and family situation and determine which approach is best for the child. What are the common areas of interest between the potential mentor and mentee? How close do they live to one another? What goals does each wish to achieve from the mentoring experience?

The majority of the children waiting for mentors from the Lake Country Kinship office are girls. Four of these girls are being raised by strong, supportive mothers, but have little, if any, interaction with positive adult males.

A recent online debate, endorsed by a national mentoring partnership, posed the question of whether girls can work well with male mentors. Although most thought female mentors function best with girls, many respondents noted the positive qualities that a male can offer.

Men offer strength characteristics that give girls the ability to understand that strength and intelligence can work cooperatively in a positive way. Girls need and want the approval of their fathers. If a father is unavailable, they may look for approval elsewhere and this could lead them into a negative atmosphere.

A caring male mentor can help a girl establish healthy boundaries. Witnessing couples interacting in respectful and nurturing ways will allow girls to better understand appropriate adult relationships.

Monica is an energetic 10-year-old who has no dad in her life. Her grandparents also live away from the area. She loves to dance and sing and looks forward to spending time in the lake this summer.

Monica likes to read and play with her pets and will entertain you with cartwheels and somersaults. Her personality and gift of gab will keep you amused!

Every child needs a mentor. Show a child that you care, that you are interested and that you value them. Let them know they are smart, funny and precious.

Mentors are also a valuable resource to the parents. Even the most healthy, centered and connected family needs help. It takes all of us together to help the next generation move to the next level.

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. We have offices in Pequot Lakes, Crosby, Staples and Brainerd.

For more information about Monica or any of the kids on our waiting list, call 218-454-8016 or 877-730-5437. Visit our website at

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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