A Father’s Day call for mentors

by Bob Barrett

District 32B State 

Representative

As Father’s Day nears, I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to the dads across our community who make our area of the state an even better place to live, work and raise our families.

It’s because of folks like you that our children feel safe, succeed and go on to change the world for the better.

On this special day, as we look at the positive impact we try to make in the lives of our sons, daughters, nieces and nephews, we also recognize that there are kids in our county who are in need of good people like you to help them as they grow from children, to teens, to eventual adulthood.

It is because of this I have joined many others in the community over the past eight years to be a student mentor through Fairview Lakes Medical Center’s “Friends Make a Difference” mentoring program.

The fantastically bright young man I have gotten to know since his middle school days just graduated two weeks ago with plans to go on to college. I couldn’t have been more proud watching him get handed his diploma at graduation!

I would like to make a personal plea to all caring adults to please get involved in mentoring a young person. If you have a gift for helping and working with children and can free up a small amount of time each month, then I urge you to find out more about mentoring and see if it is right for you.

For many years there has been a waiting list for kids who would like to be a part of Friends Make a Difference. They are waiting for you to become involved and join them in this very worthwhile program.

For more information on the Friends Make a Difference mentorship school-based program, please feel free to contact my office. I can be reached at (651) 296-5377 or rep.bob.barrett@house.mn. You can also call Kathy Bystrom of Fairview Lakes Community Health Outreach Services at 651-257-8439 or kbystro1@fairview.org.

Thanks again, dads (and moms), for all that you do. Please consider being a mentor!

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