Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Issues: Children & Youth
Location: 14870 Granada Ave #127 Apple Valley MN 55124 USA
The program is primarily for children from single parent families or children who have a need for an additional positive adult role model. The goal is that the child will form a long-term friendship with a responsible, consistent adult role model. Through their Kinship relationship children receive positive attention, experience a variety of activities, and are helped to develop the sense of self-worth that is essential to successfully functioning in school, in healthy relationships, and eventually on the job. The volunteer mentors model responsible citizenship; being involved in our community, sharing skills, taking pride in providing for oneself and ones'' family. Throughout a mentor relationship, the volunteer plans and carries out activities with the child, one on one in the community. Volunteers are individuals, couples and families. Some examples of typical activities are: picnicking, attending sporting events, hobbies, baking cookies, and going to a movie.
Target demographics: strengthen youth through mentoring
Programs: Kids 'n Kinship provides a community mentoring program for children who live in Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, Farmington, Lakeville and Rosemount. Currently 110 volunteers mentor 88 youth and 84 youth are on a waiting list. Mentors spend time on a weekly basis with the child for a minimum of one year. The average relationship lasts 3 years! Kids 'n Kinship also has a school-based mentoring project in collaboration with Glacier Hills Elementary school. School based mentoring serves children with the following identifying factors: high transience rate, low income, not eligible for formal educational assistance, but needing help to keep up with grade level. Mentors meet with the child at school once a week and then get together during school breaks for community activities.
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Eight years ago I questioned if I would have time to be a mentor but decided to check out the Kids 'n Kinship organization. I was then matched with twin five-year-old girls, and the fun began. Over the years, I've been able to watch these girls experience a lot of "firsts" (like riding a merry-go-round and baking cookies) which they otherwise might never have experienced. When they said they didn't know what a college was, I had a chance to take them to my daughter's university so they could see what might possibly be in store for their future. All along the way, I've had great support from the staff at Kids 'n Kinship, who truly are making a difference in our world.
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