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Child in Need: Sisters seek mentors

After 14 years of employment, almost 500 matches and more than 150 “Child in Need/Waiting for a Mentor” articles at Kinship Partners, this will be the last time I ask you to consider becoming a mentor to one of the kids on our waiting list. I will be retiring from work on July 26 so getting these two little girls matched would be a fine way to end this career!

New to our program and to Brainerd, Molly, 6 years old; and Anna, 9 years old, are eagerly waiting for an adult friend. They have had to leave friends, family members and everything that was “home” to them. Molly, who is more outgoing than her older sister, has started making new friends but she is apprehensive about starting school in September. She is a friendly, fun-loving little girl. She enjoys bike riding, swimming, baking cookies and working on art projects.

Anna tends to be more cautious. As the oldest of three children, she also is responsible, caring and kind. She loves swimming, playing board and video games, bike riding, baking, and arts and crafts. Her favorite subject in school is science so she also loves anything having to do with nature.

Mom knows the move to Brainerd has been tough on her family and she realizes the girls would benefit from having another caring, adult in their lives. Someone for them to talk to and have fun with will help tremendously with their adjustment to a new area.

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, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples. For more information about Kinship Partners or any of the kids on our waiting list, call (218) 829-4606, toll free at (877) 730-5437 or visit our website at

On a final note, I want to thank everyone in the Brainerd Lakes Area who has taken the time to become a mentor or has supported our program in any other way. Thank you also to the parents and children who have been a part of our program. I admire your willingness to take a chance on finding an adult friend. Partnerships can only be successful if mentor, parent and child all support the relationship. These past 14 years of employment have been priceless!

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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