Keeping Up with Kinship Q1 2019

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!

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Mentors Emma & Asa and Kinship Kid Yaw Hay  are celebrating 1 year as a Kinship Match!
Mentors Emma & Asa and  Yaw Hay connected with their Kinship coordinator, Priscilla Barclay-Kibler.  Always curious about how the relationship is growing, we were able to check in and reflect on the past 1 year of their relationship:


Priscilla: Why did you want to start mentoring?
Asa: I was interested in getting a youthful perspective of life. I was also looking forward to helping with homework and providing my mentee with some new experiences.
Emma: I was a mentor (for BBBS) in high school and loved seeing how such a small commitment could make the biggest impact. I love that Kinship offers the opportunity for mentors to volunteer as a couple, so Asa and I could both give back to our community together.

P: What have been on or two of your most memorable outings/adventures?
A: I enjoyed the day we played with circuit legos. Yaw Hay grasped it so quickly and we built some intricate circuits including a radio within a few hours. We also had fun carving Jack-o-Lanterns this year.
E: I love seeing Yaw Hay experience new things and new activities. Fishing and ice skating were two activities new to him - and he was a natural at both!

P: What would you say is the best attribute about your Kinship friend? Explain why you shared what you did?
A: Yaw Hay picks things up really quickly. Whenever we play a new game, he quickly figures out a strategy and often beats us. He also showed his determination when we took him ice skating fo the first time; by the end of the evening, he was looking very confident on his skates.
E: Yaw Hay is very kind and respectful, but also goofy and fun! It has been fun to see him grow and come outside of his shell a bit.

P: What is something you've each come to learn about each other since you've been matched?
A: I've learned that we don't always have to do something traditionally exciting to have a good time. Some of our best outings have been at the library or having a picnic somewhere. We are all kind of old souls.
E: I've learned that Yaw Hay has a good sense of humor and is great at making you laugh! We have also learned that he is very artistic and creative.

P: If you knew someone who was thinking about mentoring a kinship youth, but they had doubts about being able to do it, what would you tell them?
A: Being a mentor is great. We enjoy the time we spend with Yaw Hay, and know what we will have fun doing whatever is planned. Sometimes Emma and I will be out doing our own thing and wish Yaw Hay was with us, or at least bookmark what we're doing to do again with him. Our friends ask about him often, and we love talking about the cool stuff we are doing with Yaw Hay.
E: You get out of the program what you put into it. Taking a few hours out of your week to be a role model for a child, AND to have fun doing it - really is a no brainer! There are endless amounts of activities to do together. Your mentee may influence you just as much as you influence them.
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Priscilla: Why did you want a mentor?
Yaw Hay: I saw my sister having a good relationship with her mentor and thought I would like a mentor too.

P: What have been on or two of your most memorable outings/adventures?
YH: I liked when we built a radio and lights with legos. We built a few kits at the Bielenberg's house, but I made all of them by the next time we hung out. I also liked ice skating even though I thought it would be hard and lame.

P: What would you say is the best attribute about your Kinship friend? Explain why you shared what you did?
YH: Asa and Emma are really fun. We like goofing around and teasing each other about stuff. Asa is a clown.

P: What is something you've each come to learn about each other since you've been matched?
YH: I've learned that we can have fun doing a lot of stuff, and that they will never stop trying to get me to eat vegetables on my pizza.

P: If you knew someone who was thinking about mentoring a kinship youth, but they had doubts about being able to do it, what would you tell them?
YH: Just do it.

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! 

APPLY HERE

KINSHIP'S FIRST QUARTER MENTOR MATCHES OF 2019:

Jessica & Andrew matched with Isreal  1/8/2019 

De La Santos Family matched with Javonna 02/08/19

Lanoira matched with Zendaya 03/02/19

Evan Gustafson matched with his Mentee on 03/25/19

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CONNECT WITH KINSHIP

Give us a follow, a like, and a share on all our social media Platforms

Facebook - Kinshipmn
Kinship Web Page and Blog
Instagram - KinshipGTC

Kinship Families: We will be hosting Open Tables to learn from each of your experiences and hear how we can better our program. Come join an Open Table in your area to share your experience and contribute to making this a more effective program! Childcare and food will be provided!

Thrivent Action Team

Thank you for Thrivent for their continuous support. This quarter, Thrivent packed two sets of bags for our matches and mentees!

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Community Partnership Recap

Our partnerships with various community agencies allows Kinship to make available free and low cost event opportunities to our Kinship participants.  

Thank you to Tickets For Kids for all the donations they have made to our program.  Because of their donations of tickets you will see highlighted above a few pictures of some Kinship Families & Matches enjoying sporting events and concerts!

Thank you to Park Tavern for providing bowling lanes and shoes for over 80 families and matches to enjoy bowling together! See above for pictures from the event.

There is always more need for your financial support and you can offer that  here:  www.kinship-mn.org/donate .

 Whats Next?

Kinship will be hosting a Cooking Event with nutritionist and mentor Emma on May 11th. We will celebrating our 65th Anniversary with a Birthday Bash on June 29th! Check our website for upcoming events.

Please find below a list of this quarter's church, foundation, agency, and individual supporters!

Christ English Lutheran Church

Downtown Minneapolis Kiwanis

Park Tavern

Sam and Vera Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation

Johnathon Anderson

Michael Dominowski

Steve Grosser

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