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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 Sharon Simons of Crosby and Astrayia Solorzano of Deerwood as its newest Match of the Month. 

Sharon and Astrayia are buds. It hasn’t always been that way. It started when Sharon expressed an interest in being a friend to a young girl on Kinship Partners’ waiting list. That was three years ago.

Astrayia’s mom says that they are like two peas in a pod. They are both creative and enjoy doing crafty things together, as well as creating some wonderful morsels in the kitchen.  They have been known to take in a high school basketball game now and then also.

Most importantly, they just enjoy each other’s company. It probably doesn’t matter too much what the activity is, as long as they’re doing it together. Astrayia just enjoys spending some one-on-one time with another adult who cares about her.

Why not start your own friendship journey?


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