Kinship of Cumberland and Turtle Lake is seeking 8 mentors for its waiting 8 youth for the community-based mentoring program!

We know that with the time pressures most people face, mentoring may seem like a major commitment, but it takes as little as 4 hours a month to be part of Kinship CTL; 4 hours to make a difference in the life of a child by encouraging him or her to explore his or her greatest potential.

The key tasks include: listening to what youth have to say; accepting them for who they are and where they are in their life; admiring their unique gifts and talents; modeling positive and healthy   behavior; and praising them for any attempt to progress.

What kind of person do you need to be?

Superheroes need not apply! We’re looking for men and women who’ve experienced life and its many challenges.  People who are willing to look inside themselves and share our commitment to invest time and energy into the future generation.

There’s no religious component to Kinship CTL, no racial bias, no class distinction. Men, women, and even families are welcome to apply to become mentors.  As previously mentioned, we need adults who are able and willing to commit a period of time to the youth we support.  This will vary  depending on what you choose to contribute.  The key ingredient we seek is consistency.

Mentors must meet these criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Agree to and pass background screening requirements
  • Receive personalized orientation and training sessions
  • Commit to develop a supportive, long-term relationship with their mentee
  • Meet in person with their mentee four (4) hours per month

If you would like to receive more information on becoming a Community-Based Mentor, please call the Kinship office at 715-822-5553 or feel free to email at


Kinship of Cumberland and Turtle Lake is seeking multiple mentors for the school-based mentoring program!

Youth in the school-based mentoring program, Power Lunch, focuses on improving academic performance while developing a relationship with a mentor on a monthly basis.  In some cases, our mentors enjoy it so much that they meet with their Power Lunch Buddy weekly.

As a mentor for the school base program you will be assigned an elementary age student to work with for the school year.  You will meet with your Power Lunch Buddy during his or her lunch recess to work on reading, spelling or math.  Some students are in need of some socialization, so you may sit and talk or play a board game during the recess time.  You are then invited to stay and have lunch with your buddy.  You may bring your own lunch or purchase a lunch ticket for the school lunch.  The youth love to have their Power Lunch Buddies stay for lunch, they feel so proud!

If you have an hour a month and feel the tug to begin helping a child in need, please give the Kinship office a call 715-822-5553 or feel free to email us at