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Seedling Mentor Program

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Seedling

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Seedling
Mentor. Nurture. Grow.

"Whenever I wonder if what I'm doing matters, I just take in the big and genuine smile I get every week, or the little hand in mine as we walk back to the classroom...and I know the relationship matters."

-Seedling Mentor, Spring Survey

You can learn a lot from a child. As one of the leading mentoring programs in Austin, Texas Seedling serves children in Central Texas schools who are challenged by parental incarceration. Since our founding in 2006, we have served over 1,800 children. Our innovative, research-driven, school-based mentoring program has been proven to significantly improve the well-being of the children mentored while also providing a rewarding journey for Seedling mentors.

In order to create and maintain a healthy and productive relationship, mentors are carefully matched by common interests with their mentees. Mentors meet with the child once a week from 30-45 minutes during lunch throughout the school year and can continue the mentoring relationship with the child over multiple school years. These consistent visits give the child, and mentor, something to look forward to, whether it’s needing an ear or just hanging out.

Our program staff offers orientation and educational training sessions while our Mentor Directors work closely with you and the school throughout the year for additional support. Seedling mentors continually report very high satisfaction and gratitude from participating in the program. They realize mentoring is for anyone; it is fun; and most of all, very rewarding. All it takes to become a mentor is to fill out a mentor profile on our website, complete a background check, and attend an orientation session so you have the tools you need to succeed.

Change two lives. Become a mentor.

What does mentoring look like? Ask us! You can visit our website and register to become a mentor here, contact us by phone (512) 323-6371, or email us at info@seedlingfoundation.org

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About Seedling

Location:

8001 Centre Park Drive, Suite 140, AUSTIN, TX 78754, US

Mission Statement

Seedling supports children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring.

Description

"Whenever I wonder if what I'm doing matters, I just take in the big and genuine smile I get every week, or the little hand in mine as we walk back to the classroom...and I know the relationship matters."

-Seedling Mentor

You can learn a lot from a child. Seedling is the leading school-based mentoring program in Austin, TX serving children in 36 AISD schools who are coping with parental incarceration. Since 2006, we have served over a 1800 children in over 100 schools. Seedling mentors express satisfaction and gratitude from participating in our program. Mentors meet with their mentees for less than an hour, once a week during the child's lunch. These meetings not only give a child something to look forward to, but also makes your own community stronger. Our program staff works closely with you and the schools to ensure a successful match and continues to support the partnership throughout the year. Mentors commit an average of 30-45 minutes each week for a school year to build a friendship with a child while being a positive role model. Mentors and mentees are matched by common interests, ensuring a healthy and productive relationship. Our unique research-based training model, Mentor University, equips our prospective mentors with the tools to succeed and get the most out of your relationship.

Children & Youth
Community
Education & Literacy

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Austin Area SchoolsMain Office: 8001 Centre Park Drive Suite 140Austin, TX 78754

SKILLS

  • Child Development
  • Mentoring
  • Child Welfare
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once per week, during students' lunch
  • At least one academic year

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