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Join us for an evening of dinner, entertainment, our popular auction, craft beer pull, wine pull, and mentee testimonials.  All proceeds match volunteer mentors with youth needing additional support.

Tickets: Tickets $45.00 per person or purchase 8 tickets for the price of 7  -

Sponsorships:  Raise your community support and enjoy publicity of your sponsorship (newsletter, website, social media and at the event, guest tables for 8, etc.) - More Info

Donations: for the Silent Auction, Craft Beer Pull, and Wine Cork Pull - More Info

Cash support:  Donate to support youth in our community

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala

Kids 'n Kinship Annual Gala

Thank you to this Quarter's Donors!

Thank you Individual Donors

Barb Andersen Bryan Slattery & Marye MacFarland
Cheryl & Jeff Spangler Craig Zeeb
Dale & Bette Schenian Deborah Parker
Heather Erickson Heather Seifert
Jan & Bob Menne Jeffrey & Dianne Frick
Jenna Rangel John & Sherry Elder in memory of Bud Carpenter
Judy Olhoft Karla Kosel
Katie Butler Richburg
   in honor of Jan Belmore’s 25th work anniversary
Kelly Petersen % Nellie Gosh
Kirsten & Gordon Storlie Lisa Hackett

Thank you Individual Donors

Melinda Staff
Mike & Lisa Pelzel
Moira Webster Larranaga
Nancy Stensvaag % Nellie Gosh
Sarah & Jonathan Gerber
Scott & Vicky Nordeen
Susan Collins
Susan Ojeda-Collins
Timothy Ake D.D.S.,P.A. & Sandy Ake

In-kind donors

Advanced Imaging Solutions
Brueggers Bagels
Dan Kern
Finish Line
Janet Lekson
Michael Moschogianis
MN Twins Care
MN Twins Commissioners Initiative
Sams Club AV
Sarah Leitschuh
Superior Service

Bowlathon Donors

Abdallah Candies and Gifts - AV Advanced Imaging Solutions
Black Diamond Restaurant Boeckermann Grafstrom Mayer CPAS
Buck Hill Ski Area Burnsville Lunch Rotary
Cedarvale Lanes Cheers Wine and Spirits
Comedy Sportz Culvers of Apple Valley
Dakota Electric Association Dan Kern
Deb Andrews Eagan Kick-Start Rotary
Eagan Lions Club Emagine Entertainment
Fireside Green Mill Eagan

Bowlathon Donors

Home Federal Izzy's Ice Cream
J.J. Taylor Jensen's Food & Cocktails
Klein Bank Savage Lakeville Family Bowl
Lakeville Family Chiropractic Las Tortillas Mexican Restaurant
McDonalds Media Relations Agency
Medi-Car Michael Moschogianis
MN Landscape Arboretum Original Pancake House
Papa John's Eagan Cliff Road Roasted Pear

Bowlathon Donors

Stages Theatre Company
Summit Orthopedics
Tammy Michels
Target - Eagan
The Credit Department, Inc.
Three Rivers Parks District
Valley Natural Foods
Walmart Burnsville #5977
Webb Financial Group
Wings Financial Credit Union

Thank you Donors

3M Foundation AAA Minnesota/ Iowa
Advanced Imaging Solutions Allina Health Charitable Giving
Amazon Smiles Ameriprise % Mike Pelzel and Susan Collins
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Brueggers Bagels
Burnsville Lions Club Commonwealth Properties, Inc
Dakota Electric Association Food Perspectives
Kopp Family Foundation Lakeville Lions Club
Merchants Bank % Tim Greife Olson Construction Law
Owen Family Foundation Rosemount Lions Club

Thank you Donors

Sam's Club Apple Valley #4736 Sam's Club Eagan #4738
SKB Environmental Inc Spangler Giving Fund
Superior Service Apple Valley Think Mutual Bank
Thomson Reuters % Logan Mortenson Thomson Reuters % Matt Wendt
Thomson Reuters % Scott Berres Thomson Reuters % Wendy Haroldson
Thrivent Choice % Kris Carberry Toro Foundation % Brad Gluth
Walmart Apple Valley Webb Financial Group
Xcel Energy Foundation % Bob Gansler and Beth Weise Youth Intervention Prevention

Donations in honor of Brad Gluth

Ashley Eide Brad & Nancy Gluth
Bruce & Amy Satterlund Bruce Wheeler
Cheryl Biegler Diane & Gary Burrow
Doug Heiman Jennifer Newman
Leon Stebbins Maria Sullivan
Mike & Gail Fitzpatrick Nancy & Jim Westcott
Sandy & Mark Sticha Stephan Rice
Suzan Grobel Wes & Ann Bonewell
William & Virginia Driscoll Your Cause % Thrivent

Donations in honor of Andrea Hansen / Dan Murphy Wedding

Gary Hansen
James Brockberg & Suzanne Small
Jane Lee
Lynsey Andal
Mary Goers
Matthew Delfino
Michael Mondloch
Sherrie Blundell
Teresa and Eric Lakin

Thank you United Way Donors

Amy Gluth
Brad Gluth
Chris Knirk
Jan Cady
Janet Lekson
John Peters
Taud Hoopingarner

A look back to the summer of '14

We caught up with this active match before an 8 mile bike ride. Josh and his mentor Brad take frequent bike rides around the city lakes or where ever their interests take them. When I asked Brad what he liked most about Josh, he said "Josh likes to try new things - and we have done lots of things Josh has never done before. Also he is very curious and aware - he is inquisitive and he doesn't miss a thing!

We asked Josh a similar question: What do you like most about Brad? Josh said, "Well that will take about 5 hours to answer because there is so much! Together we like biking and running and seeing the city and then we started playing a bean bag toss game. I always beat him. Always." Brad piped up "Well not always.

Teens, Sleep and School Success

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Late bedtimes and difficulty waking are linked to changes in brain chemistry during adolescence. Understanding teen sleep requirements can help improve school performance. (see here)

Hi everyone

School has started and in my house we are dealing with the dreaded "Do I really have to go to bed?  I'm not tired".  It's hard to switch from the lazy summer schedule to getting up for school.  But kids need SLEEP.  Talk to your mentee- you can support them by understanding their sleep needs, letting them know why they need sleep and encouraging them to have good sleep habits now. 

 "As middle and high school students adjust to school schedules, many find it challenging to keep up with studies and activities and still get the sleep they need. Michigan State University Extension helps teens, parents and others who care about teens better understand adolescent brain development and how it influences sleep cycles.

Two changes affect sleep patterns at puberty. The brain changes the way sleep is regulated, with increased hormones that shift sleep timing to later at night and also sleeping later in the morning. Another change is the need for more sleep – teens need 8.5–9.5 hours of sleep each night.
Scientific studies by over sixty experts in the field of sleep health have researched this topic for almost 20 years and confirmed these findings. A prominent expert on adolescent sleep, Dr. Mary Carskadon, director of the Chronobiology/Sleep Research Laboratory at Bradley Hospital in East Providence, R.I. and professor at the Brown University School of Medicine, notes that teens who get the sleep they need have less likelihood of depressed moods, reduced tardiness, reduced absenteeism and better grades in school. She maintains that children and adolescents experience better learning and academic success and greater physical and mental health when their sleep is protected and supported to levels recommended by a consensus of experts. Sleep is a very productive time for the developing brain. During sleep the brain is organizing and consolidating the day’s learning.
Carskadon defends the scientific evidence in Sleep Guidance for Kids and Teens Is Based on Sound Science, and also acknowledges that there is some individual variability in sleep needs – therefore these recommendations are offered as guidelines. She encourages parents to watch for potential signs of insufficient sleep in children and teens, such as difficulty waking in the morning, daytime sleepiness and sleeping longer on weekends and school vacations.
Sleep experts say dimming the lights at night and getting lots of daylight in the morning can help. Avoiding caffeine, especially in the evening, having a routine bedtime of 10 p.m., sleeping in a cool environment and turning off music and other electronic devices will also help to reset the body clock. Allow time to catch up on sleep during the weekend, but avoid “binge-sleeping.” If a student is used to getting up at 6:30 a.m., they shouldn’t sleep until noon on the weekend, which confuses their bodies."

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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.