The Initiative Foundation awarded a $5,000 grant to support Kinship Partners One-on-One youth mentoring program in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties.
The grant will support Kinship Partners "Comprehensive Adult Mentor Recruitment Program," which will help the 47 lakes area children who are waiting to be matched with an adult friend.
"Today 36 of the 47 children on our waiting list are boys who live without the guidance of men in their lives," said David Downing, executive director. "There is no better time than now for you to share your interests with a young man who really wants a positive, consistent and caring man in his life."
Mentoring is simple and the most successful relationships are built around common shared activities and interests. Kinship Partners provides the support, structure and supervision needed to make sure everyone experiences a safe and positive relationship. You only need to be yourself - a caring adult, willing to spend time with a child who needs a role model.
"It is crucial that every child has an adult mentor serving as a long-term friend and a positive role model they can trust and have fun with," said Chris Close, Initiative Foundation trustee and owner/broker of Close-Converse Commercial Properties. "We're always proud to support this simple and effective concept, which is executed by an outstanding organization."
For more information about becoming a mentor or enrolling your 5-14 year-old child in the Kinship Partners program, visit www.kinshippartners.org or call (877) 730-KIDS (5437).
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