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14870 Granada Ave

Apple Valley
Minnesota 55124

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Target demographics: strengthen youth through mentoring

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Assist with one of our seasonal activities, such as our Bowlathon.

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.

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.

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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-... more »
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