Lakes Area Kinship Searching for More Mentors for Kids in the Lakes Area
JT Thaden | Jul 7, 2020 AT 11:14 am
DETROIT LAKES (KDLM) - Lakes Area Kinship is searching for more Mentors for kids in the Lakes Area.
Kinship which is run in partnership with Lakes Crisis Center establishes quality relationships between kids and caring adult volunteers for the purpose of promoting stability, support, friendship, and community. To do that, they use mentors who share a few hours a month for at least one year with their Kinship kid.
DelRae Whitley, the
Outreach and Development Coordinator at Lakes Crisis Center says COVID-19 has had a huge impact on kids and Kinship is helping to stabilize uncertain times in kids' lives, "Our biggest concern has been with kids sheltered in their homes, they can't reach out to friends, coaches, teachers or faith leaders. So they're stuck at home and not every kid likes school breaks, so here these kids are stuck at home for two and a half months and that's been a concern."
Kinship matches kids aged 5-17 with community volunteer mentors to enable as many caring individuals into a child's life as possible. Every kid should have at least 5 caring adults in their life; kids need as many caring adults in their life as they can get and the more they have the more resilient they'll be and be able to say no to unhealthy choices, says Stephanie Baker, the Lakes Area Kinship Coordinator.
Lakes Area Kinship is actively seeking new Mentors - if you have interest you're encouraged to fill out an application at their website https://www.lakescrisis.com/kinship