In the past weeks, much has been hitting the media that elevates the need for men to mentor boys. Currently, there are 54 unmatched kids on the Kinship waiting list and, of those, 38 are boys. The majority of our partnerships involve a "one-on-one match" with a man and boy spending time together. But there are boys who do better when the partnership includes a man and woman. Little David from Pine River is just such a guy.
David, who is starting first grade at Pine River-Backus Elementary, is uncomfortable around men. He has been raised by women and in his short life has not had many reliable men to trust and love. David does well in school, but when he picks his friends, they are usually girls. Because he is so young, his mom hopes Kinship can find him a couple to be his mentors. Initially, David would feel more at ease with a woman and also gain so much by having a consistent, sensitive man in his life.
He is shy at first, but is sure to warm up with a kind-hearted couple. David enjoys basketball, reading, going for walks, bike riding and swimming. He says drawing is what he does best. Like many boys his age, he wants to be a firefighter when he is older. That is, unless Nashville discovers him first. David loves country western music and knows many songs by heart.
Kinship Partners is calling upon empty-nesters, grandparents or couples without children of their own. David is still young, but he needs to know there are others, especially men, out there that he can trust.
You can reach Kinship at (218) 829-4606 in Brainerd, email@example.com or, in the Pequot Lakes, Pine River or Crosby areas, at (877) 730-5437. Visit the Kinship Web site at www.kinshippartners.org.
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