About Us


Our Mission

Transforming our communities through the power of mentoring.

Our Program

  • The Community Based Mentor Program is at the center of our organization. 

  • We match children ages 5—14 with positive adult influences. 

  • Improve kids’ lives by bolstering their self-esteem and offering opportunities for social and emotional skill development. 

  • Kinship Mentoring can be for individuals, couples, or families. 

  • All adult volunteers are interviewed, undergo criminal background checks, and comprehensive screening before being matched with a child.


  • The Program Coordinator then matches the child with mentors based on age, gender, location, interests, and mentor’s previous experience working with youth. 

  • There is continued support by the Program Coordinator during the mentorship.


  • Our Program Coordinator is also responsible for maintaining a relationship with the mentee’s parent and/or guardian. 

  • We provide support, structure, and supervision needed to make sure everyone experiences a safe and positive relationship throughout their experience. 

Learn More About Us

About Kinship, Inc.

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. 


We Need Your Support Today!


Doug Fearing, President



Karyn Wetzel, Vice President 



Nikki Schoenborn, Secretary



Mark Considine, Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair



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Become a Mentor

To become a mentor, simply fill out our online form

Submit an Application for Your Child

To start the application process for your child to become a mentee

Refer a Child

To refer a child who you are not the parent or guardian of

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