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Waiting for a Mentor: Childhood dreams

What did you want to be when you were 5? One of our newest Kinship kids is Zach and he wants to be a teacher or a race car driver. In Brainerd, it’s possible to be both.

Childhood dreams are so telling of who a child is and who has influenced them. A likely guess would be that Zach has a great Kinder Club teacher and a really good imagination.

Who influenced you when you were young? A neighbor, coach or relative who shines bright in your memory? Who listened to you, affirmed who you were and opened a door in your heart to new possibilities?

Whoever that person was, they were your mentor.

Zach likes to sing, dance and rock climb. Would you like to tag along and have some fun? Be a mentor he would always remember and someone who influenced his life in a way only you can do.

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 Zach 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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