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Kinship looking for a few good men

By Staff | Mar 11, 2011

The Emmet County Kinship Board of Directors had some good news at its monthly meeting Wednesday night. There are six trained mentors in waiting, five female, one male, with another female mentor ready to sign on.

The only problem, though, is there are five mentee applicants currently, four male and one female.

Naturally, female mentors, as well as girls, like to do, well, girl stuff. There’s something about that female-to-female connection that makes mentoring happen on a lot of levels.

The same goes for male mentors and boys. They like to do “guy stuff” together – fishing, hunting, going to the races and so on.

Emmet County Kinship is in real need right now of male mentors. The requirements are that a mentor be 18 or older, have a clean driving and criminal record and have a sincere desire to mentor a young man. The only requirement is that the mentor spend an hour a week for one year with his mentee.

The advantages of mentorship to kids has been proven time and time again. Kids who are mentored get into a lot less trouble and are far more motivated to succeed in life.

Mentors receive their rewards as well. They have someone who will look up to them, someone to care about them, someone who can prove that life is worth while and that there’s always something to look forward to tomorrow.

If you are a man 18 or over would like to experience the personal rewards of mentorship, call Emmet County Kinship. They can tell you what the steps are to become a mentor.

If you would like to know more about Emmet County Kinship, go online to their new Web site at www.kinshipofemmetcounty.org.