GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - January is National Mentoring Month and there’s still plenty of time to help make a difference in someone’s life. Kids ‘n Kinship is hoping that you’ll bring your time and talents to them. The local non-profit organization matches kids ages 5-16 with volunteer mentors for fun and engaging weekly activities in the community.

They currently have nearly two-dozen kids that are looking for that special mentor. Kids ‘n Kinship says quality mentoring programs are proven to build relationships that help improve school attendance and academic achievement, promote responsible decision-making, and provide skills to better navigate relationships at school, socially and at home.

Holly Roth has been mentoring a young girl for five years. She joined us on KARE 11 News at 4 p.m. to talk about how it has changed both their lives.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor, you can attend an information session to be sure it’s the right fit for you. The next sessions are Tuesday, January 9 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Library in Lakeville, or Saturday, February 3 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Merchants Bank in Apple Valley.

The information session is the place to hear about the children and teens who are waiting for mentors, the volunteer screening process and the activities and benefits provided by Kids 'n Kinship. For more information go to or call 952-892-6368.