PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - January 21, 2020 


As the Biden presidency begins, voter suppression remains a pressing issue; faith leaders see an opportunity to reduce extremism.


2020Talks - January 21, 2021 


Inauguration yields swift action: Joe Biden becomes 46th president and Kamala Harris vice president -- the first woman, African-American, and person of South Indian descent in this role. Harris seats new senators; Biden signs slew of executive actions and gets first Cabinet confirmation through the Senate.

Hundreds of Minnesota Children in Need of Role Models

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

PHOTO: Minnesotans who are looking to make a difference in the new year are being encouraged to consider becoming a mentor for an at-risk child. Photo Courtesy of GMCC
PHOTO: Minnesotans who are looking to make a difference in the new year are being encouraged to consider becoming a mentor for an at-risk child. Photo Courtesy of GMCC
December 31, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Those Minnesotans who have resolved to do what they can to make the world a better place in 2014 are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people.

According to Gennea Falconer, director of Kinship of Greater Minneapolis, they currently have around 200 youths in ongoing mentor relationships, but ...

"We have almost that same amount of kids who are on the waiting list looking for mentors," she said. "So we're really hoping for January to be a great time to talk about the need, talk about what mentoring is, and hopefully invite some more adults to enter into mentoring relationships."

January is National Mentoring Month. Studies show that having strong adult role models through mentoring reduces everything from drug and alcohol use to school dropouts and teen pregnancy.

Falconer said the positive outcomes are even more plentiful. She gave the example of a girl who was constantly getting in trouble at school, leading to regular calls to her mother.

"Within two months of Nina getting a mentor, those phone calls completely stopped, because what Nina really needed was an adult to focus on her and to be her person and to really listen to her stories and to help her problem-solve issues, to give her a different perspective, and it radically changed Nina's life."

Kinship volunteers only need to make a one-year commitment to the program, although the average relationship between a local mentor and child lasts about three years. Kinship is a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches. Other mentoring programs can be found across the state.

Information on mentoring is at bit.ly/1czSgfZ.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN