POLK COUNTY -- Kinship of Polk County has a current waiting list of 20 mentees, as new applications continue to arrive. The need for adult mentors looking to impact a life in our local community has never been higher. Kinship is looking for adults of any age and many different walks of life to commit to meeting with a youth age 5-18.
The commitment of mentors is to meet with their mentee 3-4 times a month for a minimum of 1 year. Many mentor/mentee matches enjoy fishing, hiking, kayaking, biking, baking, gardening, eating, crafting, or just talking together.
Kinship kids not only gain exposure to new ideas, but gain confidence in themselves, respect for others, and most importantly, they learn that other people care about them. The program is not mandated. The mentee, their parents, and the mentor must all desire to be a part of the program.
Mentors are supported with training, fun events, and a staff that will walk alongside them to answer their questions, give encouragement and provide an environment to thrive. Some of the upcoming spring events for matches are bowling, a day at the zoo, “The Amazing Race” and fishing on the lake.
Kinship serves over 300 youth per year. It is a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of a child’s life by establishing a relationship with a caring mentor for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship, and community.
You can find out more about Kinship and becoming a mentor at polkkinship.org or 715-405-3900.
[Photo: Sarah, Nate & Jesse]