How to become a mentor:
- Please note we serve children living or attending school in the cities of Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount, Minnesota.
- Read the child profiles.
- Read the Mentor Job Description.
- Fill out an application. All prospective volunteers are required to fill out and sign a Kids ‘n Kinship mentor application and a Bureau of Apprehension background check. This application can be printed, filled out and then mailed to our office. (After you print the form, press your browsers back button to return to this page)
- Attend an Information Session. All prospective volunteers attend an information session to kids ‘n Kinship. This is the place to place to hear about the children who are waiting for mentors, the volunteer screening process and the activities and benefits provided by Kids 'n Kinship. We have sessions every few weeks during the day/evening/weekends. If none of the current dates work for you, let us know and we'll plan a date and time that is better.
- Schedule an interview. After kids ‘n Kinship receives the application forms, we will send reference letters to those you listed on the application. (please tell your references to watch for a request from Kids ‘n Kinship.) When the references are returned to us, we will contact you for an in home interview. The interview is an opportunity for staff to get to know the prospective volunteer better, which assists them in the matching process. It is also an opportunity for the candidate to ask questions and discuss the type of child they would like to mentor.
- The fun begins! Once all the procedures are complete and the candidate has been accepted as a mentor through Kids ‘n Kinship, a mentor training will be scheduled for you. Staff will contact you with information about children to consider mentoring. If the mentor is interested in being placed with one of those children, the parent/guardian of the child is contacted. The parent/guardian has final approval of all prospective mentors. The initial introduction takes place in the child's home, with the mentor, child, parent/guardian and Kids ‘n Kinship coordinator all present for the first meeting. After the match is made, staff have ongoing phone contact with the child and parent/guardian as well as the volunteer. Both parties are encouraged to call their Kids ‘n Kinship staff person if any concerns arise during the course of the relationship.
- Activities. Kids ‘n Kinship sponsors an activity every three months for the mentors and children, who are getting together on their own weekly, to join the large group for fun and opportunity. There is no cost for these outings. There are ongoing offerings of sporting events, theatre, zoo, science museum, art center and other tickets – free - to mentor matches (see details under activity passes on the main page).
We hope you will join us for a fun and rewarding time!
Contact Kids 'n Kinship today!
Call (952)892-6368 or write us an email.
In addition to our community based friendship mentoring program, we have a school based mentoring program with Glacier Hills Elementary School and Thomas Lake in Eagan. Click for more information.