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January 2018 is National Mentoring Month - Rep. Masin's Mentee Receives a Scholarship Mentor a child
The SunThisWeek reminds us that January is National Mentoring Month. This year's theme is In Real Life
. [Area briefs for the week of Jan. 5 website
Mentors are needed for youths in Dakota County through Kids-'n-Kinship
, a local non-profit organization that matches children ages 5 to 16 with volunteer mentors for fun and engaging weekly activities in the community.
There are 63 youths currently matched with mentors, and 21 youths waiting for mentors.
Ongoing training and support for mentors are provided. An information session is scheduled 5:00-6:00pm Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Heritage Library in Lakeville, and 10:00-11:00am Saturday, Feb. 3, at Merchants Bank in Apple Valley. For more information, go to www.kidsnkinship.org
or call 952-892-6368.
Masin Mentee Awarded Scholarship
State Rep. Sandra Masin, DFL-Eagan and Burnsville, and the National Foundation for Women Legislators awarded Margaret Kleiman
of Hutchinson with a $3,000 college scholarship at the 2017 NFWL Annual Conference in Minneapolis. [see MN House press release
Kleiman was selected as one of six national winners of the 20th Annual Bill of Rights Essay Scholarship Contest.
Masin served as Kleiman's mentoring legislator and presented the award to her at a special lunch on Friday, Nov. 17, during the Annual Conference. Kleiman is a senior at Hutchinson High School.
Applicants were given four prompt options, all of which examined timely current events. The essay topics asked students to further analyze the role of women in American politics. A selection committee judged each essay based upon the student's understanding of the U.S. Constitution, historical research, insight, perspective, inspirational quality and meaningful personal connection.