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Waiting for a Mentor: Making a difference

Consider this 8-year-old boy who is being mentored by a Kinship Partner from our area. The school day has been difficult for this boy. In fact, a check with the school office showed that this boy had more weekly referrals for discipline issues than any other student in his school.

The mentor and the boy struck a deal. Knowing that the boy’s favorite food was a juicy double cheeseburger, the mentor challenged him to this special treat if he went one complete week without a discipline referral. All the while, the mentor encouraged and reminded him that he could do this. The first week was amazing. Only one referral.

Although proud of this accomplishment, it still didn’t warrant a double cheeseburger. The next week the school staff joined the mentor in supporting his effort.

That week he received not a single referral, a lot of praise and support and the boy and his mentor shared a delicious burger at a local fast food restaurant.

Offering care and support to young people can be one of the best behavior interventions around. Discover how you can make a difference by mentoring a child.

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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