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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. 

Match of the Month:     

Kinship Partners is pleased to honor Joan Johnson and Cassie Lyons, both of Brainerd as its newest Match of the Month.  Joan and Cassie have formed a friendship over the past year and a half that is a breath of fresh air for the both of them. Cassie and Joan met January 2014 when Cassie soon turned 11 years old.   This partnership is perfect from every angle!

Cassie’s Angle; “I am always happy when Joan and I get together.  One of my favorite things is playing board games together, while I cuddle with stuffed animals.  One of the most funny things was when we were paddle boating and once we got to the middle (of the lake), the wind picked up and we were not going anywhere.  We made it to the shore line and back to the dock.  I like having Joan as a friend.  She is very special to me.”

Joan’s Angle; “Cassie is a lot of fun to be with and always seems happy to get together, our few hours each week ends too quickly.  It has been neat to watch her grow in all ways in the year and a half that we have been matched.  I feel blessed getting to be her friend and her mentor, talking, laughing and just being together.  One of the many fun things we have done was when my husband took us on a boat ride down the Mississippi River.  Cassie wanted to sit in the front seat with the wind blowing in her face, then to our surprise started singing all of her favorite Sunday School songs as loud as she could over the motors noise.  It was great to see her have such a fun time!” 

Grandma’s Angle; “Being Cassie’s grandmother and raising her and three siblings did not always leave me the individual time they needed.  Kinship Partners gave this to our family.  They brought Joan into Cassie’s life.  Cassie loves the time she spends with Joan.  It doesn’t have to be anything special.  It is just being with Joan that makes her happy.  Cassie has someone to talk to and spend time with and who cares for her.  I know Joan has made a big difference in Cassie’s life, they have a very special bond with each other.”  


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