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Mission Statement

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


"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's Promise Mentor

You can learn a lot from a child. Seedling's Promise 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 thousand children in 36 schools. This year, we were recognized by AISD as Organization of the Year. Seedling's Promise mentors express satisfaction and gratitude from participating in our program. They realize that mentoring is for anyone, it's fun, and most of all, it's rewarding. 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.

Change two lives. Be a mentor.

What does mentoring look like? Need more information? Ask us! Feel free to call us at 512-323-6371 or email us at info@seedlingfoundation.net if you are interested in learning more. To register to become a mentor and get your matching started, please click on the link below.
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