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Creating Healthy,
More Vibrant Communities

Through Youth Mentoring in Stevens County

Saturday, Sept. 28 – 5K for Kinship

Join us at Prairie Harvest Fest in Morris, MN for a Magical Mentorship Mile & 5K for Kinship!

Why We Mentor

Children who are at risk, but had a mentor in their lives are:


More likely to enroll in college


More likely to volunteer


More likely to have leadership roles


More likely to become a mentor.

We believe every child deserves a responsible and concerned adult who will provide guidance and support, help set and accomplish goals, and act as a positive role model.

About Us

Raising Up Stevens County, or RUSC, for short.

RUSC Kinship is a nonprofit youth mentoring organization that was founded in 2015 and serves families within Stevens County in Minnesota by providing positive role models to youth, ages 5-17, in our rural communities.

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Get Involved

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2nd Graders

Lunch Buddies

Students have one-on-one time with an assigned "buddy" during school lunch. It helps improve both social skills and self-esteem to foster a better attitude for learning — ultimately improving school success!

Ages: 5-17 Years

Youth Mentorship

Begin one of life’s most rewarding and fulfilling experiences – being matched as a mentor of a child and making a real difference in their life. We believe every child deserves a positive relationship with a caring adult.

All Ages


Not ready to become a mentor, but still want to help us make a difference? We're always looking for crafts & games helpers, day-of event staff, or a host for mentoring activities or visits! 

let's hear it from our matches


I've learned more about the world through my mentor's stories and how to be more confident.

RUSC Mentee

The most satisfying part is watching the trust grow and seeing improvement in her social skills.

RUSC Mentor

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Latest Newsletter

Summer 2023

What's Inside:
Wrapping Up Lunch Buddies
A Special Trip to Target Field
Graduation of a Mentee
Events Update
Dolly Parton Library Update
and more!