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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:

Featured Video

February Fun!!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hi all you lovely mentors!! 

Are you ever stuck for something to talk about?  Need some conversation starters? When you ask your mentee how their day was do they say "fine"  or when you ask  what they did today, do they reply with "nothing".  I get that a lot as a mom of 4 kids ages 9-17. 

A great idea we have at our house is the question jar.  I find questions and I cut them in strips and either we go around and everyone gets to answer the same question OR everyone picks their own.  

Here are some great ideas:
1. Tell me the 5 best things about you?

2. If you could have the following superpower, which one would you pick? The ability to fly, have super strength or be able to turn invisible?

3. If you were trapped on a deserted island & could pick a famous person to be with, who would it be?

4. If you could never be served two vegetables again, which would you choose?

5. Who do you think your family would prefer you to become: An NBA ballplayer, the mayor, a famous explorer, or a movie star? Why? Which would you prefer?

6. Which of your friends do you like the most? Why?

7. If a genie could grant you any 3 wishes, what would they be?

8. What profession do you want to be when you’re older?

9. Who was the best teacher you ever had? Tell me why?
10.What would the ideal teacher be like?

11.What college would you like to attend?

12.How much privacy would you like? What time of the day would like to be alone, and why?

13.What is your favorite meal?

14.Do you believe men and women are equally smart? Why or why not?

15.Do you ever have a dream that comes back over and over? If so, what is it like?

16.Is there anything you pretend you understand, but you really don’t? What is it?

17.Which of the following choices do you think would be best, and why?

 Dinner with everyone at the table and the TV on with your favorite program.
 Dinner in which everybody took what they wanted and no one had the same thing.
 Dinner with the whole family together and no TV on. 

18. .If you had to have a disability, which one of these would you pick, and why? Blindness or Deafness? Why?

19.Are you afraid to fly?

20.Tell me who you think are the 3 greatest musicians in the world? Why?

Try it and let me know how it goes!  And if you have other great questions- please share!!



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.