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Who mentored you?

How often do we take a moment to look at the people who shaped our lives? Think for a moment — who were the important men and women that influenced you?  

January is National Mentoring Month and did you know that more than 3 million young people in the United States are in solid mentoring relationships throughout the nation?  

Tuesday Jan. 25, is National Thank Your Mentor Day and Kinship Partners would like to publicly thank the many dedicated men and women who mentor children right here in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties. They are ordinary people doing ordinary things with extraordinary results. And for that, we thank you. 

But don't just take my word for it.  Here are a few comments from Kinship Kids:

• “I love my partner. . . she is very special to me.”

•“My favorite time with my partner was when I was at his family's house and we were all at the table telling jokes.”

•“Thanks for setting me up with Steph! She's a really neat and cool person!”

• “Having a Kinship Partner is a great experience for me. I enjoy all of the things I get to do and the things I've learned.”

• “I want to stay matched with my partner forever!”

So who mentored you? Join millions of others in honoring an important mentor in your life — someone who showed you the ropes and helped you become who you are today.

And the best way to thank them is to pass it on by becoming a mentor to a young person in your community. There is no better time than now for you to share your interests with a child who really wants a positive, consistent and caring adult in their life. Call Kinship Partners today at 829-4606 or e-mail .  

DAVID DOWNING is executive director of Kinship Partnership, Inc.

Becca Clemens
After graduating high school in 2004, I attended Central Lakes College in Staples, MN for 2 years where I got a diploma in Communication Art and Design. I then transfered up to Bemidji State University in, you guessed it, Bemidji, MN. In the spring of 2009, I graduated from BSU. Then in the fall of 2009 I got a job at Echo Publishing, a sister company to the Brainerd Dispatch.