Kids 'n Kinship

16th Annual Bowlathon

Kids 'n Kinship is gearing up for our 16th Annual Bowlathon!

16th Annual Bowlathon

Sunday April 12, 2015 at Cedarvale Lanes

Register today! Matched mentors, waiting and matched youth, and their families are invited to bowl, 3:00-4:30 pm

Grab your co-workers, youth group, family or friends to bowl on our community teams! 6:00-7:30 pm

Sponsor a lane or donate here.

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Eagan Foundation 25th Anniversary

"Kids 'n Kinship would like to congratulate the Eagan Foundation on their 25th Anniversary in our community, and thank them for their support of Kids 'n Kinship." Learn more about the organization here.

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

Thanks also to 2014 Kids 'n Kinship Gala Inkind Donors

Auction Donors

Ames Center
Ann Johnson
Apple Place Bowl
Best Buy Apple Valley
Bette Schenian
Bloomington Theatre Center
Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN
Brave New Workshop
Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre
Buca di Beppo
Byerlys Burnsville
Cannon River Winery
Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Cheerful Givers
Cheryl Spangler
Coles Salon
Dairy Queen
Dakota Electric
Dale Studios
David Lindstrom
Deborah Kieschnick
Dennis Hill
Divas & Denim Boutique
Dog Day Getaway
Dr Ian Frykman, DDS
Elder Jones
Famous Dave's Apple Valley
Grand Slam
Guthrie Theatre
Hennepin Theatre Trust
Holiday Companies
Janet Lekson
John & Sherry Elder
Karen Anderson
Keys 4/4 Kids
Lakeville Family Chiropractic
Lakeville Theatre
Laurie Thulien
Lori Perkins
Mall of America
Mary Kay, Tracey Beebe
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minnesota Pro Paintball
Mo Dennis
Mixed Blood Theatres
Minnesota History Center
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Minnesota Lynx
Minnesota Swarm
Minnesota Twins
Minnesota Vikings
Pahl's Market
Patsy Ryan
Q Cumbers
Rita Younger
Ron Jericho
Science Museum
Single-Ply Systems, Inc.
Sister Rosalind
Skip Stovern
St Paul Saints
Stages Theatre
Tammy Michels
Toro Company
Total Wine & Spirits
Vivo Restaurant
Wal Mart Lakeville
Walker Art Center
Wings Financial
Xcel Energy Center

Wine Donors

Amara Wines
Apple Valley Liquor Dist.
Bette Schenian
Bridget Meyer
Bronco Wines
Cheryl Spangler
Byerly's Wine & Spirits
Canterbury Park
Cheryl Leitschuh
Big Top Wine & Spirits
Chet's Wine & Brewsky
Chris Headrick
Christy Bisek
Dave & Kathy Kooda
Dee Bernard
Jack Kuehn
Jan Cassada
Jill Westlund
Jim Schmidt
Karen Anderson
Karen Kitchel
Lakeville Liquor Distributors
Kowalski's Eagan
Karen Kooda
Laurie Thulien
MGM Liquor Warehouse
Monica Jensen
Sara Andersen
Sharon Battis
Small Lot Minnesota
Sonya Busch
Wirtz Beverages

Craft Beer Donors

College City Beverage
JJ Taylor / New Belgium and Deschutes
Joe Baer
Lakeville Liquor Distributors
Red Lion Liquor

Special appreciation to

Brackett's Crossing
Cornerstone Printing
I Do Wedding Designs
Jeff Achen
Marshalls Lakeville
Media Relations, Inc.
Merchants Bank
Michael Moschogianis
Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Perkins Lakeville
Prime Photographers
Scott Kadrlik, CPA

Featured Video

Feeling discouraged by your mentee's needs?

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

I think my mentee needs more than I can give...and I am worried that I am letting her or him down. Am I?

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Question 34 from The Mentor's Field Guide
Every mentoring relationship goes through its ups and downs, and it is a rare mentor who doesn’t get discouraged at times. Sometimes a mentor has unrealistic expectations and is not seeing the changes she had hoped for, or she might worry about how slowly the relationship is progressing. A mentor may also become concerned when the mentee appears to withdraw from the relationship or engages in provocative or inappropriate behavior. It can be natural for the mentor to conclude in such circumstances that she is not being effective when in reality the mentee is just testing her mentor’s commitment.
It is also true that some mentees have more needs than others and that these needs may be beyond the scope of a mentoring relationship. It is not unusual for a mentoring program to either recruit or be faced with referrals for troubled young people with multiple life challenges. Your mentee’s life circumstances may also change significantly during the course of your relationship, placing him under more stress and challenging his coping skills.
One place to start in thinking about your capabilities with your mentee is to examine your expectations and boundaries. You may be taking on too much responsibility for your mentee’s problems. As we have observed, your role is to be a friend. And friendship itself is an important source of support for your mentee, especially if he or she has multiple needs. Your program coordinator may have ideas about strategies you can use with your mentee and can also provide additional moral support as you try them out. It might help to review the first three mentoring stages about the principles for making your relationship work.
It is possible, however, that your mentee needs professional help to cope with stressful situations. Talk to your program coordinator, who can consult with your mentee’s family and school to discuss what services might be needed.
If you are patient and persistent, you are likely to find that the situation improves. It also helps to remember that you are “planting seeds” that may not bear fruit until years later. So, it is difficult to tell right now if you are giving your mentee what she needs.
Reprinted with permission from The Mentor’s Field guide: Answers You Need to Help Kids Succeed by Gail Manza and Susan K. Patrick; Questions about the Mentoring Relationship, Question 34. Reprinted with permission from Search Institute®, Copyright © 2012 Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN; 877-240-7251, ext. 1; All rights reserved
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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.