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Waiting for a Mentor: A success story

Annie is a happy, active, artistic, 6-year-old girl who likes to sing and play soccer. About a month ago, she sat on her living room couch and watched her sister get introduced to a Kinship Mentor. As happy as Annie was for her sister, it was dif...

Annie is a happy, active, artistic, 6-year-old girl who likes to sing and play soccer.

About a month ago, she sat on her living room couch and watched her sister get introduced to a Kinship Mentor. As happy as Annie was for her sister, it was difficult to see because she was waiting for a mentor, too.

As the meeting ended she smiled and said goodbye, but discreetly ran to her room to cry. Even though she was happy for her sister, she just couldn't hold in the tears. She had dreams of baking cookies and going to the park too, but mostly she wanted to go to the YMCA.

Well, last week Annie got her turn.

Jane and Bob had heard about Kinship Partners in the local media for some time, but something recently had stirred Bob, and he knew it was time for them to make a move. They heard about Annie and knew she was the one for them.

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So on that same couch, with a smile on her face, Annie met her new mentors.

What will they do on their first date? What else, go to the YMCA!

With offices in Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Crosby and Staples, Kinship Partners serves area families by providing positive role models to youth from the ages of 5 to 14. Mentors can be individuals, couples or families.

For more information about any of the 18 boys and nine girls waiting for a Kinship Partners mentor, visit www.kinshippartners.org or call 218-829-4606.

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