Kids 'n Kinship

Make A Difference Day

ALL Kids 'n Kinship Participants! Mentors, mentees, youth on the waiting list, and your family members and friends are ALL welcome to attend this FREE event.

Make A Difference Day

Please join us for Birthday Bag Blitz Kids Helping Kids on “Make A Difference Day” Saturday October 25th,
9:00-10:00 am
Thomson Reuters Building, 610 Opperman Drive in Eagan

We’ll fill 3,000 Cheerful Givers birthday bags for children in need. This is a great ‘hands on’ opportunity to model volunteering to your mentee and/or children. Bring your families! Space is limited; you must pre-register by October 11th. Bring photo ID

Only those who are pre-registered will be admitted. Directions and parking instructions will be emailed to participants. 

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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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

Mentor's Field Guide: Are My Mentee's Parents Comfortable with My Role in their Child's Life?

Friday, October 17, 2014

You may or may not have direct contact with your mentee’s family, depending on the type of program in which you are mentoring. All programs should make every effort to assure the parent’s or guardians’ comfort by involving them during and after the match process. However, even though the family may have requested a mentor for their child and signed a permission form for participation, they may still have ambivalent feelings, wanting to help their child but also feeling uneasy about this “stranger” entering the child’s life.
If you put yourself in the parents’ shoes, it is easy to imagine that the fact that your child has a mentor might make you feel inadequate in some way. Or, you might feel jealous of the mentor’s relationship with your child, especially if your own relationship has been characterized by conflict or lack of time to spend together. Parents also can be nervous if you, as a mentor, come from a different cultural, racial, religious, or socio-economic background, wondering if you are going to turn their child away from her family heritage. To avoid these concerns, it can help to engage parents as “partners” from the beginning. If your program allows, you can talk to them or drop them a note telling them what a wonderful child they have and thanking them for trusting you, reiterating how you can never take their place in your mentee’s life.
When talking with your mentee, it is very important that you avoid any criticism of her family (even though your mentee might be critical) and that you show respect for the family’s culture, values, and beliefs. If your mentee needs to talk to you about family conflicts or frustrations, avoid taking sides; put yourself in “sounding board” mode. Help your mentee figure out why she is upset, and guide her in problem-solving discussions. In general, avoid speaking to your mentee’s parents on her behalf, but rather help your mentee develop a plan for such a talk. If she is willing, role playing can be a fun activity with your mentee being the parent and you being the child. This can help you both see things from a different perspective. If these issues come up frequently or persist over time, talk to your program coordinator and together develop a plan to increase the family’s comfort level with the mentoring relationship.
Father comforts a sad child
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 32. Reprinted with permission from Search Institute®, Copyright © 2012 Search Institute, Minneapolis , MN ; 877-240-7251, ext. 1; All rights reserved.
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.