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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.   

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Cuyuna Lakes

May 16th

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Match of the Month:     

Kinship Partners is pleased to honor Amy Sjoblad and Emma Lasart-Welu, both of Pequot Lakes as its newest Match of the Month.  Amy is quick to tell you that Emma is a wonderful addition to their family.  “She is a blessing for all of us…like a daughter to me, and like a sister to my children!”  As a result of Kinship Partners, Emma has another family who loves her and the Sjoblad’s have another child to love, it is a win-win relationship.

Emma and Amy were matched nearly 6 years ago as they recall their first adventure together.  The girls went to China Garden in Baxter, Emma shared with Amy that she had never been to a place that had so many food options.  To top it all off she had a girl to talk to…it was Heaven!  Through the years they have been on many more adventures together where the most important thing is to hang out together and discuss life.  Their conversations have bloomed from chatting about nails and fashion to deep topics of being a teenager, Amy feels blessed to be a part of Emma’s journey.

Amy will be the first to tell you that this opportunity to mentor has enriched both her and Emma equally.  She noted that there is no additional time or money needed, simply to invite your partner in on your regular routine and activities.  “Being a Kinship Mentor not only shows my partner how to give back, it also has provided a good example to my children!” 

Kinship mentoring relationships usually start off focusing on fun activities and sharing new adventures with a child.  Now for Emma she is also learning the valuable lesson of giving back to enrich the lives of others.   


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