Kinship provides quality mentoring for youth who face significant economic and social barriers, ages 5 to 18, living in the greater metropolitan area. The program connects children and youth with caring adults, couples and families. Furthermore, Kinship nurtures positive self-esteem and character development, strengthens connections to school and community, and is respectful & welcoming of all faiths.
Meet A Match!
Mentor Elly and Kinship Kid Char are celebrating 1 year and 4 months as a Kinship Match.
Elly and Char recently connected with their Kinship coordinator, Taneal Palmer. Always curious about how the relationship is growing, we were able to check in and reflect on the past 3 years of their mentor match:
Taneal: "To start, Elly, why did you want to start mentoring? And Char, why did you want a mentor?"
Elly: "I wanted to start mentoring because it has always been a goal of mine to be a role model in a kid’s life. My goal was to mentor a little girls from a young age up until she turns 18. Kinship has helped me embark on that goal. For that, I am grateful."
Char: "I wanted a mentor because my older sister and brother have mentors. I wanted to do all of the cool stuff they were doing.”
T: "Has having a Kinship friend (mentor or kid) in your life had an impact on you? If so how?"
Elly: "Mentoring Char has greatly impacted my life. I am more mindful of people with children and it has taught me patience. My time with Char has been so much fun that I can’t wait to have a kid of my own."
T: " What have been one or two of your most memorable outings/adventures?"
Elly: “My favorite moments with Char are when we go grocery shopping together. She’s so helpful and always offers to hold the door for me. A lot of time she runs ahead of me and tries to open my car door for me. It’s the cutest thing ever. My favorite outings with Char are our movie dates. I love sharing movie theater treats with her.”
Char: “My favorite outing was the Minnesota State Fair. I liked all of the food and kids rides.”
T: "What would you say is the best attribute about your Kinship Friend? Explain why you shared what you did"
Elly: "My favorite attribute about Char is her bubble personality. When she is happy she talks to everyone and is capable of holding a conversation with adults. A lot of 6 year old's are shy and hold back but not Char. She is confident and can have a conversation with anyone.”
Char: "Elly is nice and she buys me treats!”
T: "What is something you've each come to learn about each other since you've been matched"?
Elly: "One thing I recently learned about Char is that she is a bit of a tomboy. She loves Nerf guns and playing video games. She also loves dolls and girly colors.”
Char: "Elly told me she works as a patent paralegal. I don’t really know what that is, but I know that Elly works a lot.”
T: "Elly, If you knew someone who was thinking about mentoring a kinship kid, but they had doubts about being able to do it, what would you tell them?"
Elly: “I have a lot of friends who asked me about mentoring and would want to do it but are unsure of the time and financial requirements. I would tell people with doubts that it is just like hanging out with your little sibling that you love for a day. You can create a schedule that works for you and the kid. There is no financial requirements and there are so many things you can do with your mentee for free. Kinship also does an amazing job of getting free tickets to popular events and shows. I actually have a friend who became a kinship mentor because of me. Just do it! It’ll change your life for the better.”
Over 150 Kinship Kids are waiting to be matched with reliable, caring, and encouraging mentors like Emily. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a mentor contact Kinship today!
Kinship's Second Quarter Mentor Matches of 2018:
Kinship’s Third Quarter Mentor Matches of 2018
Bimal & James 6/20/2018
Alan & Anthony 6/21/2018
Sharon & Amelia 7/17/2018
Allison Golnick Family & Bugay 7/20/2018
Ryan & Gabriel 8/11/2018
Natasha & Keonna 8/15/2018
Barb & Arianna 9/5/2018
”A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.”
- Oprah Winfrey -
Kinship Mentors and families were eager to get outside and be active.
Here's just a few snap shots from some of our Kinship Participants:
Kinship Kids ready for their first day of Camp St. Croix!
Kinship annual back to school event.
Thank You St. Phillips Lutheran Church and Fridley Fire Department!
Thrivent Action Team
Thanks again to Thrivent Financial for your generous support and donation of Back to School Supplies for our Kinship Kids!
Our partnerships with various community agencies allows Kinship to make available free and low cost event opportunities to our Kinship matches and families.
Thank you to Tickets for Kids for all the donations they have made to our program. Because of their donations, Kinship families and Matches can enjoy sporting events and music concerts (highlighted in some photos above).
Thank you to St. Phillips Lutheran Church for hosting our Back to School Event. Thank you to Almstead’s Fresh Market and Little Ceasar’s Pizza for lunch. Thank you to Fridley Fire Department, and Fire Captain Jamie for sharing your fire truck with us. Thank you to Thrivent Financial for helping us pack over 90 backpacks full of supplies (shown above).
There is always more need for your financial support and you can offer that here: www.kinship-mn.org/donate .
Kinshoppe is back. Join us on Saturday, December 8th for our Annual Holiday Gift Celebration! Hosted by St. Phillips Lutheran Church. To inquire contact Kinship!
Please find below a list of this Quarter's church, foundation, and agency based supporters!
Calvary Lutheran Church of Golden Valley
Carlson Family Foundation
Minnesota State Fair
Opportunity Fund of the Kinship Fund for Children of the Minneapolis Foundation
Science Museum of Minnesota
Barbara L Schweda
Beverly G Peterson
Shannon M Neale
And the many individuals who show us your support!
Especially this quarter:
Allison Colnik - Carrie Olson - Lisa Tetzlaff