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Waiting for a Mentor: January is National Mentoring Month

Each January our nation celebrates National Mentoring Month. Kinship Partners uses this month in particular to focus on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us — individuals, businesses, local government and businesses, schools, faith communities and non-profits — can join together to increase the number of mentors and assure brighter futures for youth.

The 2014 national campaign slogan is: “Be someone who matters to someone who matters.” Every child is someone who matters. Over 200 people in our Kinship service area — individuals, couples and families — come together to support our children in need of the support and encouragement that mentoring provides. However, Kinship Partners needs more mentors to keep up with the continued demand.

Will this be the right time to step forward to mentor a child? Time spent with a young person is an investment in our future.

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 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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