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Waiting For Mentor: Feb. 27 Don't give up on kids who need mentors

A young boy came in with his mom recently for an interview to find a Kinship mentor. He told us in detail about his family, school and interests. When asked if he had any final questions, he quickly responded, “Don’t give up on me!”

Although we assured him that the Kinship staff will work diligently toward finding a mentor and offered him the opportunity to participate in Kinship activities while he is waiting to be matched, we find even waiting a few days seems a lifetime. And sometimes the wait is months.

Charlie is a fifth-grader from Pequot Lakes and waited almost one year for his first match. He and his grandma are hoping they don’t have to wait long for his next mentor. Charlie is an active boy who is eager to be outdoors, learn more about sports, enjoys being in the water and baking cookies.

He does have some special needs, but his former mentor said he had a very positive experience working with Charlie and hopes they remain in touch without being officially matched.

Let’s not give up on Charlie. As we move toward spring and the thrill of being outside again, wouldn’t it be fun sharing time with a boy who craves some guy time?

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.
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