Kinship Partners is a nonprofit youth mentoring organization providing positive role models to youth in Crow Wing County, southern Cass County and the Staples/Motley area since 1986.   Kinship Partners is a member of the Kinship Affiliate Network.


Recognitions and awards include Outstanding Kinship Program, 1987; Blandin Foundation Leadership Program, 1990; Initiative Foundation Nonprofit of the Year 2003, Minnesota Mentor Angel Award 2004 and the 2013 Robert J. Dayton Quality Mentoring Award (Leadership) from the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. Kinship Partners is also recognized as an “Expert Partner” by The Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota’s (MPM) as a mentoring program that has demonstrated their commitment to quality program practices by following 100% of the best practices outlined in the Quality Mentoring Assessment Path (QMAP®).

Why is mentoring important? Our community’s future rests on the hopes and dreams of our children and youth. At Kinship Partners we believe that 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.

Our youth mentoring program encourages the healthy development of children by creating a support system that welcomes at-risk children to be a part of the Kinship Partners family through community-based mentoring, school-based mentoring, social activities and service-learning opportunities.

We match volunteer adult partners (mentors), with a child between the ages of 5 – 14, who has common interests; we provide monthly activities which help to foster the development of their friendship.

Kinship Partner mentors can be individuals, couple or families.

A mentor is a trusted adult friend with a long-term, consistent commitment to providing guidance and support to youth. It’s all about being friends, sharing common interests, and being exposed to new interests.


Our Mission:

Transforming Our Community
Through the Power of Mentoring

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