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January is National Mentoring Month

This year’s theme is Be Someone Who Matters to Someone Who Matters!

Every day, mentors in communities across our nation provide crucial support and guidance to young people. Whether a day is spent helping with homework, playing catch or listening, these moments can have an enormous, lasting effect on a child’s life. Kids ‘n Kinship is grateful to our wonderful mentors and mentees. Encourage your friends, family members, and co-workers to get started today!

January 15 is Thank Your Mentor Day - check our facebook page for postings!  For more information on National Mentoring Month, click here.

Mentors, Matched & Waiting Youth, & their families:  Don't forget to register for our winter outing at Skateville on Jan. 22nd.

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Featured Video

How to Motivate Your Mentee with their Schoolwork

Thursday, January 15, 2015

 Mentors to young people often play a role in motivating students to do their best in school. Mentoring can improve mentees' attitudes toward school achievement and bolster their belief in their academic ability, according to youth development experts Gail Manza and Susan K. Patrick.
Manza and Patrick, authors of The Mentor's Field Guide: Answers You Need to Help Kids Succeed, write, "Your belief in your mentees and your encouragement can help them to be more willing to make the effort to do well." Mentoring can also increase mentees' aspiration for their future, and when they have goals they would like to achieve, they are more likely to appreciate the role education plays in attaining them.
The following tips, offered by Manza and Patrick, can help mentees see that working hard in school has many benefits:
  • Be specific when talking about school success: turn in assignments on time, actively participate in class, ask for help when needed.
  • Ask what books your mentee is reading; you may have read some of the same books when you were young.
  • Help your mentee engage in problem solving about issues that arise at school.
  • Provide specific help with schoolwork, making sure that you stay in the role as "guide," not "doer."
  • If your mentee claims to not care about school, find out why. Does she believe she isn't smart enough to do well? Does he think he can't afford college?
Keep in mind that academic-related encouragement should not come at the expense of the relationship you are striving to develop with a mentee. Deciding how to help your mentee academically and how involved to get will depend on the wishes of parents, suggestions from teachers, and direction from your mentoring program.

Taken with permission from: The Mentor's Field Guide: Answers You Need to Help Kids Succeed, by Gail Manza and Susan K. Patrick

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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.