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Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala

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Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala
Lead the Way and Invest in a Brighter Future

Gala 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Brackett's Crossing, 17976 Judicial Road, Lakeville

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Tickets $45.00 per person or 8 tickets for the price of 7.

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Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala

Gala 2014

You are invited to the
Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala
Lead the Way and Invest in a Brighter Future

Sunday, September 21, 2014
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Brackett's Crossing, 17976 Judicial Road, Lakeville

Kids 'n Kinship celebrates 42 years of serving youth in need of long-term supportive mentors. Join us to create Brighter Futures, featuring: Kids 'n Kinship Testimonials that will touch your heart ~ Master of Ceremonies James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney ~ Laugh Out Loud With the Second Funniest Accountant in America: Scott Kadrlik ~ Enjoy dinner prepared by an award winning chef, and: Silent Auction, Wine Cork Pull, Craft Beer Pull, Portraits.

Tickets $45.00 per person or purchase 8 tickets for the price of 7.

Donate online in support of youth in our community

Silent Auction at the Event

Our silent auction items are sure to go at great prices (shop for the Holidays now); here is a sampling of our 100 items: Go Pro Camera, Wine Tastings, Tool Box, Mechanics Set, beautiful gift baskets, MN WILD tickets, Theatre tickets, skiing, Disney on Ice, jewelry, gift cards, kitchen items, kids toys - something for everyone!

Online Auction, bid now!

We have five great items on our online auction and you can bid on them now! Toro Snow blower, Piano, Glen Perkins Jersey, Childs Play Kitchen and a Guitar and Case Here is the auction link:

Thanks to our Wonderful Gala Sponsors!


Thomson Reuters


Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
Boeckermann Grafstrom Mayer CPA's
Burnsville Breakfast Rotary
Burnsville Rotary noon
Hess & Hess Inc
Home Federal
Media Relations
Think Mutual Bank
Thrivent Financial, Northern Dakota County Chapter


Margaret and William Traiser
Thrivent Financial- Southern Dakota Chapter
Wings Financial Credit Union


Applewood orchard
Arnold Orthodontics
Castle Rock Bank
Dakota Electric Association
Mike Hess

Featured Video

What If We Could Help Mentees Become "Mentor Magnets" For the Rest of Their Lives?

Friday, September 19, 2014

by Venessa Marks
I clearly remember the first non-familial adult who took an interest in my development. Mrs. Hunt was blunt when she told me that I was not applying myself in her English class, and that I could do better. Then, as I transferred to a new high school, another teacher advocated for me to receive advanced placement, despite my grades being borderline. As a young professional, supervisors and more experienced colleagues have taken the time to counsel me, to open up new opportunities, and have even helped me land new jobs. It’s clear that throughout my education and into my career, informal mentors have pushed me to achieve more than I ever could have without their support.
Many of us share this same story. Yet, unfortunately, a large proportion of the youth who need mentors the most never receive that support. According to MENTOR’s new study, The Mentoring Effect, an estimated 9 million at-risk young people will reach adulthood without connecting to a mentor of any kind – informal or formal. Further, the survey also showed that with each additional risk factor, a young person is less likely to connect with an informal mentor.
These statistics certainly speak to the need for formal mentoring programs, but I think there is an even louder cry emerging from these numbers.
The landmark evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based mentoring program helped to establish that formal mentoring can positively influence a young person’s relationship with his or her parent, and recent research conducted by Drs. Jean Rhodes, Carla Herrera, and Sarah Schwartz on school-based mentoring has broadened these benefits to include an improved relationship with teachers.
Beyond formal mentoring programs, we also know from the work of Dr. Noelle HurdDr. Bernadette Sanchez, and others that naturally-forming positive relationships with caring adults can have a valuable impact on youth throughout their journey into adulthood and beyond.
Clearly, formal mentoring programs have the potential to influence how a young person develops and nurtures positive relationships with adults…but what if we were to seek this outcome with even greater intentionality? What if “being mentored” wasn’t just something we provided, but also a skill we taught? What would it look like for us to more intentionally build the confidence and the skills of our mentees to help them cultivate natural mentors throughout their lives? What if mentors saw themselves not as the sole non-family support, but as a connector to other, additional positive relationships in the present and into the future?
In the research field, we often discuss whether mentoring is a “vitamin” that only impacts youth while services are rendered, or an “inoculation” that, once received, forever changes one’s life trajectory. While many of us might fervently believe the latter, evidence of impact sustainability is hard to come by. But perhaps there is a different way of approaching this dilemma. Perhaps we could better sustain our impact if youth were consistently equipped to cultivate natural mentoring relationships after leaving our programs.
Together with our counterparts in Canada and researchers including Drs. Jean Rhodes, Sarah Schwartz, Tim Cavell, and Noelle Hurd, the Research, Innovation, and Growth team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is interested in exploring these ideas; taking an opportunity to think beyond the often time-bound constraints of a formal mentoring relationship and towards future informal mentoring experiences for our youth.
Originally Published by The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring March 4, 2014
Posted by Ingrid Henry

Kids 'n Kinship 40th Anniversary

2012 marked the 40th anniversary of Kids ‘n Kinship.

The program began in 1972, when a local couple, Dick and Carol Frick saw a need for young people to have a supportive adult friend.

Kids ‘n Kinship was run as an all volunteer program for the first 20 years.

The last 20 years, the program has continued its singular mission: to provide friendships to children in need of a positive adult role model.

The program has served over 3,000 youth in the past 40 years.

Click here for some wonderful pictures of our 40th Anniversary Gala.

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.


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.