Kids 'n Kinship

Summer Outing

Kids ‘n Kinship is excited for our Summer Outing at Camp Streefland!

Join us for hiking, canoeing, swimming, archery, wall climbing and supper together!

summer outing

Monday August 11, 2014
5:30-8:30 pm

YMCA Camp Streefland
11490 Klamath Trail
Lakeville, MN 55044

In order to be admitted, you MUST pre-register by Monday, August 4 at

Who can attend? Volunteers/children who are matched and their families, waiting list children and their parent and siblings who live in the household.

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14870 Granada Avenue #127
Apple Valley MN, 55124
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Corporate Sponsors

Stockman Financial Services Co.

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Lane Sponsors

AAA Minnesota/Iowa
Applewood Orchard
Burnsville Lunch Rotary
Dakota Electric Association
Keller Williams
Klein Bank
Lakeville Family Chiropractic
Marshall Nelson & Associates
Media Relations, Inc.
Superior Service Center Auto Repairs
Thrivent Financial No. Dakota County

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Barb Andersen
Bremer Bank
Monica Jensen
The Credit Department, Inc.

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Abdallah Candies & Gifts Buca di Beppo Cedarvale Lanes
Champs City Image Salon Cub Foods Apple Valley
Cub Foods Eagan Deena Mahowald Doolittle's Woodfire Grill
Grand Slam J.J. Taylor Jensen's Supper Club
Kathy Heisler Lillian's of Farmington Media Relations, Inc.
Merchants Bank Michael Moschogianis Minnesota Vikings
MN Pro Paintball Ovation Brands Perkins Lakeville
Ratzlaff Homes Inc. Roasted Pear Sam's Club Eagan
Target Eagan Valley Natural Foods Wings Financial Credit Union
YMCA in Eagan

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Like bike riding or puzzles? Be a friend to Michelangelo!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Summer is a great time to get started mentoring youth!  If you love spending time outdoors, please consider sharing just an hour or two with youth who are desperate to get outside this summer!  Kids 'n Kinship has 50 kids age 5-16 waiting for someone to spend time with them.  See below for a profile of just one youth:

Name: Michelangelo

Age: 6 

Interests:  Michelangelo enjoys watching movies, playing with legos, puzzles, games, snowball fights, sledding, bike riding, hockey & soccer. 

Personality/Characteristics:  He is fun-loving, friendly, goofy, and active.  He lives with his mom and 4 other siblings. 

Goals/Dreams:  He would love to have a mentor with a snake or a lizard.  His wish is to win the lottery!

For more information: Michelangelo is waiting for a mentor through Kids n’ Kinship in Dakota County. To learn more about this agency, contact Kids n’ Kinship at or 952-892-6368. 

For more information about mentoring in your area, contact the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota at 612-370-9180 or check its online list of mentoring programs at under "Find a Program."
Posted by Ingrid Henry

Kids 'n Kinship 40th Anniversary

2012 marks 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.