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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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Match of the Month:     

Kinship Partners is pleased to honor the partnership of adult mentor, Lisa Wing and her partner, Ashriel Klippenes from the Staples/Motley area as this month’s Match of the Month.

Lisa and Ashriel have been together for over 2 years.  Theyhave a special relationship that can be described best in their own words.   

Ashriel:  “What I like about kinship - I get to do fun things with my friend, Lisa.  I like to go places like the beach, mini golfing, dairy queen, and the ceramic shop.  We go for walks with Louie (puppy) and I give him baths.  We do crafts together and I like to go to games with Lisa and sit by the cheerleaders.  I think everyone should be a mentor like Lisa.  She is my friend; I think she is very nice.”

Lisa:  “My mentoring journey has been incredible. Ashriel has taught me to look at the world through her eyes which are bright and hopeful!  She loves animals and tells me facts about animals that completely amaze me.  We talk about her future and how she can someday care for animals as a living.  She is smart, witty, beautiful, caring and appreciates the little things in life, like banana splits!  She makes me a better person, that is her gift to me.”


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