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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 Deb Frazer-Leary and Keya Johnson, both from Brainerd, as its newest Match of the Month.

Deb made the decision to become a Kinship Partner mentor when she was becoming an 'empty nester'. She felt it would be a fun & useful way to use her time & talents.

In Oct. 2008 when Keya was 7 1/2 years old, she and Deb became Kinship Partners. As both will tell you, they make a great match.

These two have done many fun activities together; mini golf, turkey bingo at a Kinship event, walks at the Arboretum, eating out, swimming and English horseback riding lessons to name a few. 

Each year Keya joins Deb’s family in picking out a Christmas tree at a local tree farm, though they feel some of their best times are when they just talk.

As Keya has gotten older, they talk about different things like bullying, self-esteem, importance of doing well in school, etc.

Deb says she gets so much joy from spending time with Keya. “It's a gift to me” she says. “I encourage others to treat themselves to this gift as well.”


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