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Kids 'n Kinship
14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Thanks to our Wonderful Gala Sponsors!

Partnership Sponsors

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
Boeckermann Grafstrom Mayer CPA's
Burnsville Breakfast Rotary
Burnsville Rotary
Dale and Bette Schenian
Hess & Hess Inc
Home Federal
Joel and Kris Carberry
Think Mutual Bank

Contributing Sponsors

Bill and Margaret Traiser
Lakeville Behavioral Health
Park Nicollet – Burnsville
The Urgency Room

Collaborative Sponsors

Arnold Orthodontics
Curlee State Farm
Dakota Electric
Don Hess
Jan and Dave Belmore
Mike and Kris Hess
Monica Jensen
Pam and Ron Bernal
Re-Max Advantage Plus

Gala Donors

Beverly & Richard Mayer Brad and Barb Mayer Carol and Mike Milligan
Christin Gigstad Dave & Dawn Kalb David & Laurie Knutson
Doug and Deb Anderson Doug Daniels Elizabeth Younger
Jackie & Calvin Shannon James & Elizabeth Mandell Jim Arbuckle
Jim Olson Marc & Mary Kay Anderson Martha & Chris Hoyt

Gala Donors

Terri & John Pedace
Tim & Sandy Ake

With Special Thanks to

Blue Cross Blue Shield Volunteers
Brackett's Crossing
Cornerstone Printing
Life Development Resources
Media Relations, Inc.
Michael Moschogianis
Scott Swenson

Local Kids ‘n Kinship Volunteer is recognized

Eagan Man Receives National Community Hero Award

Volunteer mentor, Nick Varien, of Eagan, was nominated and won his employer's (Simpson Strong Tie) national Community Hero award. The Award was presented in Arizona. Nick is matched with a 16 year old Eagan teen; they have been together nearly four years. They enjoy food, friendship, movies, sports and family. Nick and his wife, Bree consider the mentee a part of their family. Every conversation with Nick includes a recognition of his mentees' abilities, personality, manners or attitude. Nick talks about the very bright future his mentee has; his athletic accomplishments, goals, his academic struggles and triumphs, his maturity beyond his years and how he 'looks out' for his younger sister. Think about a young teen hearing a respected successful adult talk about you that way. It is very powerful.

Along with the award came a donation for $2,500 for Kids 'n Kinship. Kids 'n Kinship staff say " Nick is an excellent supportive role model and he is caring and interested. We value Nick and all he does for his mentee and our organization."

Rick's Bike Sale

The 8th annual Rick's Bike Sale was a very big success thanks to all the volunteers and customers!

Rick, Randy and crew gathered and tuned up hundreds of bikes and brought in $27,094.00 in sales. All to benefit Kids 'n Kinship, matching kids on the wait list with an awesome mentor! Thanks to everyone involved; bike donations for next year can be directed to Rick at:

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Hello Mentors!

Please click on the links below for some valuable information regarding Teens and Holiday stress! . We can all feel stress and anxiety when it comes to holidays but when you are a teenager, at times it can be overwhelming. Money (or lack of), family dynamics and expectations can leave anyone feeling a bit out of sorts!   Coping is hard when you've had years of experience but your mentee is new to this and having some tools in your basket to guide them can be very helpful this time of year!!

Please click and watch or read the links below and then leave me a comment with your name and something you learned or will try in the upcoming holiday season or even add your own suggestion or example of what you have done!

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota

Kids 'n Kinship has achieved Expert Partner status through Mentoring Partnership Minnesota's Quality Mentoring Assesment Path (QMAP) and has a 100% overall implementation rating on an extensive list of best practices and quality standards for mentoring programs. We are 1 of only 9 other programs to earn this distinguished rating under these rigorous guidelines.


Medical Monkeys

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the partnership with Medical Monkeys. Funds received from the purchase of the Medical Monkeys goes towards finding mentors for our waiting youth.

Kids 'n Kinship wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Mail Pack and Ship, Apple Valley and their wonderful donation of printing of our newsletter, and Media Relations, Inc for their pro bono work on publicity.