A curious thing happened when Kinship Partners attempted to recruit 50 new mentors for its program during January’s National Mentoring Month.
Indeed, mentors came forward. Kinship Partners would like to thank the 24 heroes who have volunteered to mentor children throughout Crow Wing and southern Cass counties and the Staples/Motley area.
Kinship will strive to hit its goal of bringing at least another 25 mentors into the program over the next couple months.
But with the push and publicity for new mentors, an increased number of children are also being referred to the program. In the last week, 11 children were referred by the Pequot Lakes School District alone!
New mentors are needed to step forward throughout the entire year to keep up with the growing number of children deserving mentors.
Meet Micah and Lacey who are brother and sister and live with their dad in the Pequot Lakes area. Micah is a sports-enthused fourth-grader. He likes to swim, ride bike and wants to try fly fishing.
Lacey is in kindergarten and just learning to read. She misses all the “girly” activities and dreams about riding a horse. Dad is a hard-worker and doing a great job of holding his family together.
Children with supportive mentoring relationships are four times more ready to be healthy, productive adults. Mentoring builds positive communities. A community that values its youth is good for all.
For more information about Micah, Lacey or any of the kids on Kinship’s waiting list, call 218-454-8016 or visit www.kinshippartners.org.