No Child Left Behind. Next time you hear that phrase, think of Kinship Partners. Sounds like a lofty and impossible goal? yes. Impossible, not an option.
So how do we set out to reach so many children who need a mentor? By not looking too deep into the picture.
What in the world does that mean? Well, think about how you feel when you see those commercials about children starving in third world countries.
Do phrases like "What possible difference could my little contribution make," or "There's so much need, where do I even begin," go through your head? That's called looking too deep into the picture.
Our part in this cry for help is not to figure out how to fix all those problems. We have to envision ourselves as one person with a willingness to do what is in our power to do to help improve, not completely change, but improve a child's life. We have to think of it as one step closer to a life that is just a bit better. That's all, nothing more, but what a big difference it will be for one child.
At Kinship Partners, we try to touch the lives of children in our local communities. Their daily challenges are less severe than those on the other side of the world, but not to be dismissed. They usually live in a single parent family with siblings and because there is just one income may be doing without some of the things we take for granted. So what need can we possibly fill? Be their friend. Don't focus on what these kids lack, look instead at what they can become through a small amount of time and individual attention from someone outside their world.
So let us introduce you to one of our kids, Lacy, who is 9 and says she's "...waiting for someone to do things with and teach me new things!" Lacy describes herself as happy, quiet, active and friendly. Her interests include soccer, basketball, piano, skating, and crafts but would really like to learn how to sew. Though she takes medication for an allergy to animal hair, Lacy, absolutely, positively loves horses! Perhaps we have a future fashion designer or veterinarian on our list!
Each week that goes by is one more missed opportunity for Lacy and a caring adult to share special one-on-one time, building what could very possibly turn into a lifelong friendship. And we all know that in order to have a friend, you have to be a friend. Lacy and the other children on the waiting list have come forward and said, "I want to be a friend." Now it's your turn. You're probably feeling apprehensive about it...but so were the kids and they made the first move. No Child Left Behind! The next move is yours.
Call today. In Brainerd, call 829-4606, Crosby call 546-7308, Pequot Lakes call us at 568-4015 or visit our website at www.kinship.brainerd.com.
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