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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 Bruce Johnson and Cameron Ward, both from the Pequot Lakes area, as its newest Match of the Month.  Bruce began as Cameron’s school van driver and 3 ½ years later have settled into a comfortable friendship that stays strong even though Bruce is a snowbird.

When given the choice to pursue a new mentor because of Bruce’s seasonal absence, Cameron was adamant to remain connected with his best friend.  Cameron has fond memories of their experiences together – from catching a monster-sized northern to treasure hunting through local thrift stores.  They take part in many Kinship activities and regularly use a special discount card exclusively for Kinship partners from area businesses when they need a special treat.  When Bruce and his wife, also a Kinship mentor, traveled south they surprised him and his sister with swimming lessons to pass the time during the winter months.

Cameron’s mom is amazed how outgoing Cameron has become and gives Bruce the credit  and also his ability to reinforce good manners and other social skills.  Another partnership highlight was celebrating their match and walking in the annual Stars and Stripes 4th of July parade this past summer.  Cameron’s grin was as wide as the banner he was carrying!

Mentors like Bruce are invested in kids in their schools and community.  Cameron is learning real life skills and the value of having a friend and being a friend.



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