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A positive blessing

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opinion Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

A positive blessing

In a time when political nastiness and negativity seems to dominate public life, I would like to recognize a local organization that is a positive blessing for our community.

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Kinship Partners matches children in need with caring adults who are ready to give back to their community.  I decided I was ready to be a Kinship Mentor about five years ago. I realized that mentoring was supposed to be good for children. What I didn’t realize was how beneficial mentoring would be for me and my family.

In addition to the one to one mentoring opportunities that Kinship is known for, they also sponsor a group mentoring program called the Lakes Area Guys Network (LAGN). LAGN male volunteers get together with middle school boys two to three times a month to do group activities. LAGN has the advantage of asking men for smaller time commitments, and every activity is fun. By sponsoring a group activity, or showing up at activities even occasionally, men can still have a positive impact on the lives of youth.

Kinship and LAGN always need help. Please consider being part of positive community health by contacting Kinship to see where you fit in.

Lowell Johnson

Fort Ripley

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