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Second chance of a lifetime

Who are these kids we talk about each week? They come in a variety of sizes and ages and from various family situations and enjoy a wide range of hobbies and activities.

One interesting note: More than a third of the kids on our waiting list are kids who have been matched previously. One might think that because a child has had a Kinship mentor in the past, that child may not be in as much need for a mentor as another child. Partnerships end for many reasons, but most end because the adult mentor has had a major change in his or her life. Leaving town to take a new job, getting married, having a baby or increased work responsibilities are some examples.

It's impressive how these kids get right back on the horse. They are ready to give it another try, hoping that another adult friend will be found. If you've been putting off becoming a mentor, think about what a difference you'll make in the life of one of these kids. When you contact our office about becoming matched with one of these previously matched kids, just let us know you're considering one of the "second-chance" kids. We'll tell you all about them.

You may reach us at 829-4606 in Brainerd, or toll free (if you are in the northern lakes or Crosby areas) at (877) 730-5437. Or 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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