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Child in Need: David waits for a positive role model

Meet David, a second grader from Brainerd. He is 8 years old and, to use his words, is hoping for a “grown-up friend”. David lives with his grandparents and older sister and has no contact with his parents. An outgoing and active boy who gets along with everyone, David is waiting for a positive male role model to have some fun with.

David enjoys inside and outside activities: four wheeling, camping, bike riding, sledding, board games, movies and reading. He would like to learn to canoe someday and math is his favorite subject in school.

Mentoring is simple and the most successful relationships are built around common shared activities and interests. Kinship Partners provides the support, structure and supervision needed to make sure everyone experiences a safe and positive relationship. You only need to be yourself — a caring adult, willing to spend time with a child who needs a role model.

Will you consider becoming a mentor to a child; maybe even David?

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 David or any of the kids on our waiting list, call 218-829-4606, toll free 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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