Kinship Blog

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 Debby Felsky of Nisswa and Necole Lyons of Brainerd as its newest Match of the Month.  These two ladies have found a gift in one another.

Their journey started over 5 years ago on a warm July afternoon at a park in Nisswa.  They each arrived with anticipation to see if they were compatible for one another.  “There was an immediate connection for me and there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be part of this little girl’s life!”  ~Debby

From that day forward they have been inseparable.  You will often find these two looking for a fun adventure whether it is fishing, playing mini golf, swimming or just having dinner, you will always find them with a smile on their faces and a few giggles here and there!

“Having a Kinship Partner is a great experience that builds a strong bond between two people.  Debby is a wonderful person and she has been a great influence on me!  There is never a dull moment when we are together.  I am so glad that Debby is my mentor!” ~Necole

Debby thanks Necole’s grandmother for sharing this beautiful, ambitious and fun loving young lady with her.  “It has been my pleasure to watch her grow into the wonderful person she is, I look forward to being a small part in her journey of life for years to come.” ~Debby

Through this journey Necole and Debby have found the true gift – the gift of friendship.


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