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Kinship Partners is a nonprofit youth mentoring organization serving families within Crow Wing county, southern Cass county and Staples/Motley area of Minnesota by providing positive role models to youth in our communities. 


Why is mentoring important?  Our community’s future rests on the hopes and dreams of our children and youth.  Every child deserves a responsible and concerned adult who will provide guidance and support, help set and accomplish goals, and act as a positive role model.   

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Cuyuna Lakes

May 16th

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Match of the Month:     

Kinship Partners is pleased to honor Sue Sterling and Kelsey Zugschwert, as its newest Match of the Month.  Sue and Kelsey have been Kinship friends for over 3 years and Sue says they “are a match made in heaven – that is to say Brainerd, MN”.  

Kelsey is a very creative young lady.  In their years together Sue has seen her grow from a shy, sensitive girl into an exuberant young lady. 

This match enjoys taking walks in the park, go shopping in the mall; and they especially like cruising through JoAnn’s to find their favorite craft items. But their most joyful pastime is having tea or hot chocolate while sitting around Sue’s kitchen table and just talking.

Kelsey says her favorite thing is stopping at the Holiday Station for hot dogs and donuts, where they giggle and wiggle at their snack table to share another day of friendship.

Sue says Kelsey accepts all her flaws and silliness and has given her a second opportunity to “think and be young” again. 

Why not start your own friendship journey?


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