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Kinship mentors work wonders

January 21, 2013
Estherville Daily News

Kinship mentors in Dickinson and Emmet counties were feted in a mentor appreciation luncheon Sunday at Camp Foster.

"Obviously this program can't happen without you," YMCA development director, Andrew Fisher, told mentors.

Roger Brockshus, YMCA Kinship board member and now mentor for the second time around, told how much it meant to him when he was mentored by his extended family while growing up.

Unfortunately, Brockshus said that's no longer the case. In many situations - if not most - youth today no longer have the benefit of mentorship from their grandparents. Even more unfortunate is the fact that many youth no longer even have the benefit of mentorship from both parents.

And that's where Kinship comes in.

Kinship pairs caring adult mentors with kids who can benefit from their guidance and example as a role model. Mentors and mentees can have fun together in any activities in which they share an interest.

The only obligation on the mentor's part is setting aside an hour a week for a year. Usually, mentors and mentees decide to spend more time than that together, and matches usually last several years.

If you're an adult and think you'd like to make a difference in a young person's life, contact: Melony Renze, mentoring coordinator, YMCA Kinship, (712) 330-9738 or e-mail:



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