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Waiting for a Mentor: Summer is a great time to become a mentor

During an evening last week, with perfect weather and half a dozen fishing boats, 15 excited kids swarmed a dock at Sylvan Lake waiting to bait hooks and reel in a big one. This event was sponsored by a group of local men and women who wanted to share their time with children in our program who are waiting for a mentor.

Of those kids, most had never been in a boat before, and many had never fished. Can you imagine there are children who live in Brainerd, who have never been on a lake to fish? But the truth is there are many.

Brothers Jason, age 12, and Caleb, age 10, are two of those kids. But on this day they spent three hours on the lake and pulled in so many fish their arms ached. What a great summer memory they were given.

Are you another caring person in our community? Do you have a boat, a dock, or even just a fishing rod?

You cannot imagine the joy you would bring to one of these kids by just "dipping a hook" and sharing.

Consider being a mentor. Change your life and the life of a child.

Kinship Partners serves families in Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and the Staples/Motley area by providing positive role models to youth from the ages of 5 to 14. We have offices in Brainerd, For more information about Jason or Caleb or any of the kids on our waiting list, call 218-829-4606, toll free at 877-730-5437 or visit our website at