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Kinship Partners: Mentors can have profound impact on a child

A popular country hit lyric from a few years ago reads, “Lookin’ back, all I can say about all the things he did for me, is I hope I’m at least half the Dad he didn’t have to be.”

Thoughts of the recently celebrated Father’s Day stay with us as we remember our dads, grandpas and uncles with all they have added to our lives.

The song was written about a man who stepped into a young boy’s life and changed it forever. Although it wasn’t actually about being a Kinship mentor, its message rings so true. How many boys in our area haven’t had that experience — a man to admire and pattern his life after? Mentors can impact a life in such a profound way, setting a pattern and offering the potential of a valuable life. Children in our community are in need of hope, guidance and a chance to be great. Adults, sharing their lives and caring for these children, can be a part of doing just that.

Do you have a heart big enough to share your life experiences with a child? There are boys and girls waiting, hungry for your attention and needing your influence. You can make a difference with just a couple hours a week.

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

Currently, more than 30 children are waiting for mentors to impact their lives.

For more information about Kinship Partners or any of the kids on our waiting list, call 218-454-8016, 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.
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