Kinship seeks mentors in Long Prairie area

Kinship, a non-profit youth mentoring agency, is looking to expand its services into the Greater Long Prairie area. Preliminary discussions with area pastors, social workers, businesses and law enforcement agencies have produced enthusiasm and encouragement for the expansion of services already successful in Morrison County.

Kinship of Morrison County is a non-profit youth mentoring agency that matches kids ages 6-17 who don’t live with both mom and dad for whatever reason, with screened adult volunteer mentors. Kinship matches do every-day-things together like bike, walk, fish, bake, crafts, attend sporting events, whatever the common interests of the match is.

Kinship also hosts monthly activities (model rockets, baseball games, canoeing, wood crafts, biking, etc.) that focus on fun, education, service or all three. Volunteers and Kinship youth can attend free of charge.

“Mentoring benefits not only the child, but enriches the mentor’s life as much, if not more,” says Dave Montague current mentor (20-plus yrs). Dave was just matched with his fifth Kinkid, a 6-year-old from Little Falls. Dave keeps in touch with past Kinkids and is also mentoring a 16-year-old from Pierz.

Grandparents, foster parents and single parents do their best, but often they’re unable to provide all the interraction and positive conversations with adults that kids need to thrive.

Kinship asks only four hours a month from mentors to share some time with the kid they’re matched with, doing things they’d be doing anyway.  Whatever your hobby or interest, Kinship offers a chance to share that with a child who’d grow and benefit from hanging out with you now & then.

Look for upcoming announcements from and opportunities with Kinship.  More information is available at www.kinshipofmc.org or call 320-632-8806 for more information, to volunteer or to enroll a child.

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