I served on the board for this excellent organization and am very proud to continue to serve as a volunteer. The work done to connect mentors with kids is priceless. So many youth benefit from the dedication of the staff overseeing the matches. I was a mentor myself in the program earlier on with a girl named Leah. The benefits we both received through our friendship are hard to describe but we shared many new experiences in the community.
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.
My experience with Kids 'n Kinship goes back to 1992 when our family of four became mentors to two siblings. We developed a long term relationship with these two at-risk kids and have enjoyed knowing them for 26 years. We went through many highs and lows with both of them and their wonderful mother and now enjoy an adult relationship with both of them and their families.
When young, we would have both to our home for fun and games, take them places like the zoo, theater, sporting events and much more. Kids 'n Kinship also hosts 4 -5 fun group events for mentors and their mentees, which we all enjoyed going to together. It's hard not to build a lasting relationship with your mentees and hope that by doing so, you make a difference in their lives.
Kids 'n Kinship has been serving at risk youth in Dakota County, Minnesota for over 40 years and have enjoyed continual success in matching kids with mentors and thereby changing lives for the better -- for the children and the adults who reach out to them.
Kids n’ Kinship is a wonderful nonprofit! I have been volunteering for them for quite a few years and it always amazes me to hear the stories of what they do for young people. By volunteering I get to meet the families of the mentees and the mentors, and everyone is so nice, and everyone seems to be so happy with the matches that they do. We love doing the yearly charity bike ride, and the support we get from the staff is incredible. This is my favorite charity :)
My wife, daughter and I started mentoring a young girl this last April. We all look forward to our weekly time spent together. I will admit that we are struggling with some language barriers but watching two girls laugh and play brings joy to all. The fun we can have with a little effort is amazing. I feel we are making a difference in her life and in ours. This has been a positive experience all around and I would recommend this program for volunteers with the time and heart, along with the children that could use a larger support group.
Having been a volunteer with this organization now for almost 2 years, I can say for sure that this is a great organization that provides youth with meaningful mentor matches. You can really see the kids develop and grow into great people!
Great local nonprofit dedicated to improving children's lives by matching children between the ages of 5-16 who are in need of a positive role model with a caring adult/couple/family! Mentors and mentees spend time together on a weekly basis, sharing conversation and activities. The activities don't need to be complex or expensive. An hour of throwing a football around, baking cookies, or playing a game are examples of everyday activities that may be enjoyed together. The goal of the program is for the child to receive positive attention, participate in a variety of activities, and develop a greater sense of self-worth.
Kids ‘n Kinship provides the best mentoring experience. The program is customizable to single people or families and to schedules. They coordinate quarterly events, but usually it is on a mentors own schedule to coordinate match activities. They support the match from the beginning with applications and interviews to ensure a successful match. Plus the match coordinators are a great resource throughout the match experience.
My husband and I along with our daughters mentored a pair of siblings for a few years, till they moved further away. No doubt in my mind even the shorter period of time made a difference for these kids, even for us, The Giving back part. We still support and Volunteer with fundraising events. It's a great Non-Profit organization supporting area youth. The staff is awesome to work with.
Our family has been matched for a little over a year, and the experience has been transforming. Our little boys look forward to our weekly activities with our mentee, and our three year old sees our older mentee as a type of role model. My husband and I are inspired by the positive attitude he brings to every situation he encounters. As a result of our weekly meetings, our family is much more intentional about planning meaningful activities that have exposed us to more of our community. We hope that the match has been as impactful on our mentee as it has been on us. Thanks, Kids 'n Kinship!
Kids 'n Kinship has been a wonderful experience for both us as a mentor family and for our mentee. We have been able to enjoy so many things in the community together, form a connection with another person in our community, and be more intentional about the time we spend together. Kinship staff are very organized and committed to matching up mentees and mentors in matches that have a high likelihood of success. They also are great about sharing ideas for new experiences and activities to do together.
I have been involved with this great organization as a mentor for over 5 years and have just recently accepted a position on the board. The commitment to providing the best possible mentor match for the youth of our community is simply amazing! My Mentee and I have enjoyed so many great experiences together and I can say that at this point we are family. Over the years, seeing the efforts of Kids n' Kinship has humbled me and I am SO proud to be a part an organization that is making an immediate and lasting difference!
Joined Kids n Kinship to give back about a year and a half ago. Been nothing but a truly rewarding experience. We found lifelong friends in our mentee and her family.
Have volunteered for 8 months now and have enjoyed working with our mentee. Kids 'n Kinship is very helpful in making a great match and providing any further assistance with the relationship!
I am honored to be a part of this organization. I have been involved for several years with this group and currently serve on the board. I can not say enough great things about the experiences, how well it is run and impact on our youth. The staff is a group of dedicated people that have a tremendous amount of power to serve our youth through mentoring. They are professional and have keen insights into making the best mentor/mentee matches! I have witness how mentoring can be life changing and secure brighter futures. I have seen children blossom is areas they never thought possible. Youth in this program develop a sense of hope and excitement for the future. Some of them become leaders, college students or working towards or in fulfilling career paths. If you are considering becoming a mentor or volunteering, Kids 'n Kinship is a great organization to invest your time.
Great organization dedicated to improving the lives of youth in Dakota County! This organization has a great group of mentors committed to helping prepare youth for the future while having fun. Engaged, caring staff facilitate mentor/mentee matches and remain available to provide guidance and support throughout the ongoing relationship.
Going through the process to become a mentor my thoughts were on a teenager. I made my choice but even before meeting, her family moved away.
Then I met Mentee who was 11. It was an instant click as we found how much we had in common. We both are middle children from large Catholic families. We both have five sisters and our birthdays are a week apart.
It's now two years later, I have my teenager and I can't imagine my life without her. Thank you Kids-n-Kinship.
I've been a mentor with Kids 'n Kinship for 11 years. This organization is invaluable because it not only focuses on making excellent, long term matches (after my first mentee moved out of state, I've been matched with the same young lady for 9 years!), it follows through with continual support to all sides of the match. We get detailed personal support as mentors, and the organization even provides fun events for mentor/mentee pairs. Over the years, I've seen amazing growth in my match, and she's on track to finish high school with excellent grades, and she knows she's going to college, it's just a matter of where. Without Kids 'n Kinship, she wouldn't have the confidence to have overcome life obstacles and see a bright future! The best part about Kids 'n Kinship is individuals, couples, and families can all mentor a child in need, making it a great option for any family. Mentoring is the most rewarding volunteer activity I have participated in, particularly because there's a long term relationship. My mentee is now a member of my family, and Kids 'n Kinship made that happen.
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.
My wife and I became mentors 11 years ago and mentored Jon. About 4 years ago we added his brother Marcus. It has been a very rewarding experience with both boys. Jon is off to college this fall and we are still mentoring Marcus. Fun to watch them grow and learn. I also started a bike sale where we accept donated bikes, clean and fix them and have a sale every May. We have had 9 sales and raised over $130,000 for Kids 'n Kinship. People gladly donate bikes. we enjoy bringing them back to life and keeping them out of the dumpster, someone gets a smile on their face because they get a new bike at a good price and Kids 'n Kinship get money to operate their program. Win-Win-Win-Win which does not happen that often. Volunteer somewhere, it will make you feel good. Rick and Lise
I had the great pleasure of being a mentor to twin girls from ages 5 to 13. We experienced many fun Sunday afternoons going for walks, baking cookies, and a number of "firsts." I had an opportunity to watch the girls enjoy their first carousel ride, first baseball game, a chance to go fishing, and first time to visit a college campus. When they moved to Alaska, I felt like I lost some of my family. However, a few years later they came knocking on my door to visit, and recently both girls joined the National Guard and promised to keep in touch.
I could not have had this tremendous experience if it were not for Kids-n-Kinship. Because of their well-run program and amazing staff, they make it a privilege to be a mentor.
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.
I have been mentoring an 11 year old girl through Kids-n-kinship for 4 months. We are having a blast. We meet once a week for 2 to 4 hours and do fun stuff together: ball games, shopping, bowling, etc. It gives us both a break from our regular lives - mine is otherwise consumed with my job and she has a somewhat chaotic home. It gives us both balance and much needed perspective.
The organization does a great job of keeping me connected with other mentors as well as giving us our own space. It also helps with finding activities and tickets to events.