Kids 'n Kinship

Kids 'n Kinship's mentoring of youth is proven to reduce isolation, improve positive relationships with adults and reduce at- risk behaviors

Kids ‘n Kinship's mentoring program provides friendships to children and youth ages 5-16 in need of an additional positive adult role model.

Through their Kinship relationship children:

  • receive positive attention and guidance
  • experience a variety of enriching activities and
  • are helped to develop the sense of self-worth that is essential to successful functioning
"Providing mentors for children is extremely important to their overall well-being. I encourage our community to champion long term mentor matches for youth who need support through Kids 'n Kinship."  James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney

"Mentoring is fun because it helps us explore new things."  7 year old mentee

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: hiking, attending sporting or cultural events, leaning a new skill or hobby, or just hanging out together.

"We could not have chosen better mentors if we created them - they are so wonderful and they are perfect and we love them." Parent of mentee

Kids 'n Kinship provides a community mentoring program for children who live in

  • Apple Valley
  • Burnsville
  • Eagan
  • Farmington
  • Lakeville and
  • Rosemount


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 four local elementary schools. Mentors meet with the child at school once a week and then get together during school breaks for community activities.

"Mentoring is such an awesome thing because it enhances all of our lives in such a positive way.  We learn so much from each other and have fun while doing it". Mentor of 15 year old

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