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November 13

Show your Minnesota spirit and join GiveMN for Give to the Max Day on November 13.

In its sixth year, Give to the Max Day is a 24-hour pep rally for giving in Minnesota. GiveMN brings together nonprofits,

schools and individuals to raise awareness and funds that support great causes in Minnesota.

Support Kids 'n Kinship by making an online donation at on November 13. If you like to plan ahead, go to between November 1 and 12 to schedule your donation in advance.

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Featured Video

Mentor Training Last Night!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Last night Kids 'n Kinship hosted a chat group training for mentors in which we discussed the effects of chronic stress on youth, survival mode, and tips for working with youth and families.  12 mentors attended and shared their experiences with each other.  We had a wonderful discussion which helped mentors have empathy for the youth and families we work with.

In our discussion, mentors shared some great ideas:
*One mentor keeps a gratitude journal with her mentee, where they thank each other for their time together and they fun they have
*Another mentors recommends writing thank you cards for everything as it encourages youth to be thankful and to express it with her also
* Another mentor brought her photo book and everyone loved it as something for mentees to show their friends/family and show off their mentor, as well as to capture fun experiences they've had

Want to learn more about mentoring a child in Dakota County?  Go to for more information.  Our next information session is Thursday Nov. 20th, 6-6:45 pm at the Wescott Library in Eagan.
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.