What is mentoring?
Mentoring is a practice of a adult developing a relationship with a child. The mentor is looking to help the child grow their knowledge, skills and interpersonal relationships . Kinship of the Park Rapids Area encourages the Mentor and Mentee Matches to spend 5 hours a month together. Kinship offers monthly activities that our matches can attend to cultivate the new relationship.
What about me – the parent / guardian?
The mentor is not there to replace the authority or role of the parent/guardian. Studies have shown that many parents/guardians experience an improved relationship with their child after they have been matched with a mentor.
Where do mentors come from?
Mentors come right from the community that you live, work and play in! The mentor application process is thorough – providing at least three references, checks for a criminal background, child abuse and sex offense, and an extensive interview and training prior to being matched. Our mentors tell us they enjoy and value the mentoring relationship as much as the children and youth!
Do I have a say in with whom my child is matched?
Absolutely! The parent/guardian always has the final approval. You know your child/youth best. We encourage your input and frank discussion during the match process.
How do I become a Mentor or Get a Mentor?
You can apply right on the Kinship website or Call contact the Kinship office at (218) 732-0058