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January is National Mentoring Month

“It just feels good.”

It’s a good feeling to know you matter and you’re having a positive impact on someone’s life. January is National Mentoring Month and Kinship Partners is continuing its efforts to recruit new mentors and children. You are encouraged to make a change and see how good it feels!

For Kinship, what better way to start off the year than by eliminating the current waiting list of children needing mentors? The Lake Country Office covers the school districts of Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus and today’s attention is given to two children, one from each district.

Addy is a third-grade sweetheart from Pine River. She has a bright smile and delights in whatever she is doing. Her younger sister has a Kinship mentor and her mother states that Addy cries when she is picked up and Addy is left at home. Crafts, music, going to the library and playing games top her list.

Could you wipe away the tears and make that smile even wider?

Alec is a fourth-grader and lives in the Crosslake-Ideal area. He loves all things with wheels and a motor, horseback riding and catching snakes in the summertime. Mom hopes a caring mentor can give him a gentle nudge to step outside his comfort zone. Alec says he has been teased a lot, but admits that it is going better this year.

Could you offer support and encouragement and make his self-esteem soar?

“Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters.” Mentoring works! 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. Offices are located in Pequot Lakes, Brainerd, Crosby and Staples.

Call 218-454-8016 or visit for more information.

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