Kids 'n Kinship

16th Annual Bowlathon

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

Bowl-a-Thon!

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

The Bowl-a-Thon is sponsored by AAA and Cedarvale Lanes.

Sponsor a lane or donate here.

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
952-892-6368
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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!

COMMUNITY SPONSOR

Thomson Reuters

PARTNERSHIP SPONSORS

AAA
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

CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS

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

COLLABORATIVE SPONSORS

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
Lutsen
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
O'Shaughnessy
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
Staples
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

Guidelines on Gift Giving

Thursday, March 26, 2015

How should I respond to my mentee's requests for gifts?
Most formal mentoring programs have specific guidelines about how to handle gifts and spending money on your mentee, so check with your coordinator first. Some programs strongly discourage or even forbid gifts. Programs that have “no gifts” policies typically put them in place to avoid offending a mentee’s family or putting mentors in situations they can’t afford. Other programs leave the decision to give or not to give entirely to the mentor’s discretion.
Some factors to help make a decision about how to respond to your mentee include your own financial situation, the type and length of the relationship, the nature and amount of the request, the boundaries you have set for the relationship, the mentee’s family’s feelings and financial situation, and the type of activities you and your mentee do together.
Deciding not to spend money on your mentee: If you decide not to buy things for your mentee, you should not feel guilty. If you wish, you can explain why but it is not necessary. A simple response (such as, “I don’t have the money for that right now”) may just end the matter. Try to avoid getting into a discussion of whether your mentee “needs” the item; it sets up and adversarial tone between you.
If you have been spending money on your mentee for activities you do together, you can say that you prefer to spend your money on activities you can do with each other rather than on things. Of course, if the requested item is related to your activities, such as a baseball mitt or a new book, you might consider talking with your mentee about how he could find the item at a cheap price.
Deciding to spend money on your mentee: Before you decide to spend money on your mentee, consider the family’s feelings. You do not want to make parents or guardians feel unable to provide for their child. If you are thinking of giving your mentee a birthday gift, for example, ask the family for advice on what your mentee may like. This will help them feel included and will give you some spending parameters.
Doing some activities with your mentee will most likely involve money, such as going to a movie or sports event or having a meal out, but be low-key about it. If you would like to work with your mentee on financial literacy, you can establish a monthly spending budget for doing things together and ask your mentee to make decisions about how you will spend it.
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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 33. Reprinted with permission from Search Institute®, Copyright © 2012 Search Institute, Minneapolis, MN ; 877-240-7251, ext. 1;http://www.search-institute.org. All rights reserved.
For more information on mentoring a child age 5-16 in Dakota County through Kids 'n Kinship, go to www.kidsnkinship.org
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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.

Acknowledgments

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.