Who are we?
Kinship of the Park Rapids Area is a non–profit organization dedicated to connecting youth in Hubbard County with positive adult role models. Through our mentorship program, we provide kids with adult friendship and guidance. Additionally, we have developed a program to pair adult volunteers with first-grade students to cultivate a love of reading.
What do we do?
Our organization works to connect adult volunteers with children aged 6 to 16 in order to build lasting friendships. We carefully match volunteers and children based on their interests, location, age, and needs. Additionally, we organize monthly social and recreational activities to help foster and strengthen the relationship between the two parties.
What is a mentor?
A mentor is an adult who provides guidance, support, and advice to a younger person, often in the form of a long–term relationship. A mentor helps the person develop skills, set goals, build self–confidence, and make positive decisions. A mentor also helps the person explore interests, gain knowledge and insight, and develop a positive outlook on life
Why is mentoring important?
Youth mentoring is important because it provides young people with guidance, support, and role models that can help them reach their full potential. Mentors can help young people navigate difficult life experiences, build self–esteem, develop leadership skills, and build positive relationships with peers, family, and community members. Mentoring helps young people identify and pursue their passions and interests and provides them with a safe and positive space to explore and grow. Mentoring also helps young people develop the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions and become successful adults. Additionally, mentoring can help reduce juvenile delinquency and increase academic achievement.
1200 1st St E. Community Room #1
P O Box 282
Park Rapids, MN 56470
Kinship is looking for adults who are willing to make a long-term, consistent commitment to form meaningful relationships with youth. We ask for at least a one-year commitment to provide guidance and friendship to the young person. The mentor’s role is to be a trusted friend and to share interests, experiences, and explore new activities together.