benefits of being a kinkid
Everybody needs a mentor. One person (or several if we are lucky) who can give us their undivided attention for a little while. We might be lucky enough to have parents, grandparents, neighbors, teachers, pastors, siblings… lots of people in our life who are there for us. A mentor is special though. A mentor is someone who sets aside -an hour or two each week- time to spend with just you. We (KIC) put a lot of effort into making sure your mentor (KinPerson) is safe and will be a great match for you.
“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.”
-John C. Crosby
Your mentor will spend individual time with you so that you are his/her only focus during that time. At school you share your teacher with your classmates. At home you share your parents with the rest of your family. See? With your mentor, its just the two of you. Like a having an older sibling or aunt or uncle all to yourself.
Your mentor is an adult who wants what is best for you and wants to help you grow up to be a healthy grownup who succeeds however YOU want to succeed. So your mentor will ask a lot of questions at first to find out what you like to do. He/she will also tell you about themselves and what they like to do. Together you will come up with things you can do together. Maybe you want to learn to fish or you want to go to college or become a mechanic or work on a farm. Your mentor is someone you can spend time with who can help you learn new things and do things you already like to do like hiking, arts & crafts and swimming.
“Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.”
— Denzel Washington
About once a month or so, all of Kinship of Iron County gets together for a group activity. Your mentor will make sure you have a ride to the event and will help you work out the details with your parents. These group activities are a fun way for you to meet the other KinKids. We usually do something outdoors like swimming in the summer or ice fishing in the winter. Sometimes we do things to help others in our community and sometimes we do arts & craft projects. We are always interested in what you want to do, so be sure to share your ideas if you have them!
why do we do this?
We were kids once upon a time. Some of us had mentors in our life and know what a difference our mentors made to us. We want to give back some of what we had. Some of us did not have mentors when we were young and that made things more difficult for us; so we want to make sure that you have what we did not.
Mostly, the people who volunteer as mentors, as our board of directors, as helpers and fund raisers -all do this because we care about the kids in our community. We care about YOU and want to be a positive and healthy part of your life!