I had the privilege of being a mentor to twin girls for eight years. We enjoyed many "firsts" together -- simple things like baking cookies and going to the county fair. I was sad when they moved to Alaska with their family but overjoyed when they came back to visit four years later and said that they want to stay connected.
Being a mentor is one of those things you do where you might never know the impact on the lives of others as well as your own.
As a mentor for more than 8 years with this great nonprofit, I had a wonderful opportunity to spend time with twin girls whose family included a single Mom and several brothers and sisters. Was amazing to experience so many firsts with them -- going to a county fair, a ballgame and baking cookies. In the process, I learned about how much we take for granted and how a little time can make a big difference in the lives of others.
I've been a mentor with Kids 'n Kinship for 10 years. It's a great feeling to know that a small investment of time pays amazing dividends in the life of my mentee. I've seen her grow from a shy 8-year old with very little self-confidence into a lovely young lady who is mature, applies herself in school, and dreams of going to college. The best part is that she and I spend time together doing the silliest and easiest of things: we go for walks, scrapbook, and even draw on my driveway with chalk just for fun. Spending time with her is a highlight of my week, takes very little effort, and is just plain fun. This organization is important for kids like my mentee who are looking for a positive adult role model. I'm grateful that Kids 'n Kinship supports our match and gives us opportunities to spend time together by providing free events and suggestions for activities.
We have been mentoring through Kids-n-Kinship for almost 15 years. Our first experience was with a 9 year old young man who came from a single parent home with no male role model. We invested in his life (and he in ours) for 12 years. Most of our time together was simply including him in all our family activities. We encouraged him during his difficult times in school and let him know how much we cared for him. The Kids-N-Kinship coordinators were always there as a resource to us whenever we needed guidance for any situations that needed to be addressed. Our mentee is now 24 and has since moved to another state as is working for a law firm. We still keep in contact with him and spend time together whenever he comes back to our neck of the woods! We are now mentoring two young brothers who also come from a single parent home and need guidance to navigate through the environment that surrounds them. Kids-'N-Kinship has been a wonderful organization to work with. Their outreach to the community and program support for mentee/mentor matches has been awesome! They also have plenty of fun things to do with your mentee(s) by providing tickets for sporting events, recreational activities, educational trips , and great ideas on how to interact with and support your mentee. I can't say enough about our positive experience with this organization.....
My experience with Kids nKinship, is a good one . I saw the information about the orgianation
At my health clinic. I was a little bit hesitant to call for more info because I had never been an mentor before. When I gathered enough confidence to call, I talked to Ingrid, she gave me more information and we had set a date and a place to meet. There was paperwork I needed to start the ball rolling. When it got rolling, I hopped on. The staff at Kids nKinship are great, whenever had a question about being a mentor. I mentored an individual for over 2 years and I learned a lot about myself and learned a lot from my mentee. Right now I am doing volunteering for Kids n Kinship. The program helps kids and the community and when I am able to mentor again, I will be first in line.
Kids N Kinship is such a great organization. I started volunteering when my kids were teenagers and I had more free time on my hands..I was matched with a shy 11 year-old named Ashley who turned out to one of the best things I've ever done for myself and my family. Kinship really did a great job in matching us up, it was like a perfect match from the start and our friendship has now lasted 18 years and that shy little girl has turned out to be part of our family. Kinship made it easy with outings to do fun things together, they always were a great support if you needed anything, just can't say enough good things about this organization and the people that run it. Shelley Nordling
I served as a mentor and was matched with an 11 year old boy through Kids n' Kinship. We were matched together until he reached adulthood. The organization provided us with guidance and support from beginning to end. I like to think being matched together made a difference in a boy's life and helped him develop into the young man he is today. Kids n' Kinship provides that same support for scores of children in need of an adult friend every year.
I have been associated with Kids 'n Kinship for over 25 years.; as a mentor and later a long-time board member. I have seen so many wonderful friendships grow through the careful matching of mentee and mentor in the program. Many, many youth have benefited from a caring adult helping them navigate the rocky road through adolescence.
I had the wonderful experience of being a volunteer with Kids 'N Kinship for 15 years!
"Kinship" is a great organization that carefully and thoughtfully pairs mentors with kids in need of an adult role model. They are very well organized and have a fabulous, experienced staff. The organization goes out of its way to provide all the coaching and help needed to make these relationships a rewarding experience for both the mentor and mentee.
I would HIGHLY recommend Kids 'N Kinship!!!
They do excellent work! Organized, they follow up, great staff to work with. They believe in what they do! They really make a difference in the lives of mentors, and mentees.
We were matched with a child for 6 years, and it was a very positive experience for both of us!
Kids 'n Kinship does a good job making sure that the matches are appropriate for both parties and that the ongoing relationship is well maintained and valuable. Their staff follows up on tasks and is professional in their contact and activities. I would recommend this organization to anyone that is looking to make a difference in the life of a child.