who are we?

Kinship of Iron County Kids (KICK) is a local organization, a 501(c)(3), serving the youth of Iron County in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan since the early-eighties. We are proud of our history.  We have decades of stories of the many successful matches- the lives altered- by our efforts. Most of the people involved in KICK are volunteers. From our mentors who work one-on-one with our KinKids, to the various volunteers who help us with fund raising, group events and more, to our dedicated board of directors. We are of this community and for this community.

Winter Picnic

“Every Kid is One Caring Adult
Away From Being a Success Story”

-Josh Shipp

Of course, we can not do what we do without the continued support of our community. Our thanks go out to each and every one of you for every dollar, every hour, every effort you have made to help the youth of Iron County to a brighter future.

Our Board of Directors

Donna Ahlberg, President & Secretary, Kevin Issacson, Treasurer
Members at Large: Mark  Valesano, Rick Kent, Sharon Ryden, Lisa Cousineau, Pete Saving, Barb Waara, Scott Bjork and Sari Franzene-Jacobson

Kinship, Inc: our parent organization

Kinship, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization which believes in and promotes the concept of youth mentoring. The National Kinship office exists to serve as a resource for established and emerging local Kinship affiliates. Currently, the Kinship Affiliate Network is made up of 30+ affiliates located in the upper Midwest, having established mentoring relationships for nearly 1,800 of today’s youth.

Core Values
The National Kinship Affiliate Members embraces the following values in order to provide quality mentoring services:

  • The quality of Kinship service and relationships is more important than the quantity.
  • Our standards reflect the importance of careful screening, matching and follow-up support of program participants.
  • We support a grassroots approach to providing service. Building upon the strength of local communities is vital to the success of local Kinship affiliates.
  • Dedicated volunteers are essential to our operation. Kinship provides the structure and organization for them to effectively serve children.
  • Kinship staff and volunteers are qualified, motivated and committed to our mission.
  • We believe in inclusiveness and collaborative efforts which bring people together of different races and creeds.
  • Regular, long-term relationships with a variety of adults are critical to healthy child development.