How Do I Know if My Mentee Wants Me to Continue?

Mentoring QuestionsSeptember’s Seedling’s Promise Mentoring Program’s “Question of the Month” is a good one.  Depending on the age of your mentee, it may be difficult to tell if they want you to keep mentoring them.

The truth is, Seedling’s Promise’ professional Mentor Directors have already worked hand in hand with the School Contact at your Mentee’s school and that question has been asked and answered if you are already scheduled to start your mentoring again this fall.

But helping you read the verbal and nonverbal cues is what Seedling’s Promise is all about, and this month’s Mentor Minute gives you things to look for and even questions to ask at each grade level!

Kindergarten-5th Grade

6th Grade-8th Grade

9th Grade-12th Grade

Just click on the link that covers your Mentee’s grade and get information that will help you get a great start on this year’s mentoring.

And never forget, your Mentor Director is there to help you along the way!  Contact him or her with any questions that arise and don’t miss the Seedling’s Promise Mentor Support Sessions this year.  We look forward to seeing you there!

-Seedling’s Promise Staff

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The Promise of a New School Year

Back to School KidsAs school starts each fall, we see everywhere the symbolism of beginning and renewal. It’s no accident that the term “a clean slate”, referring to a schoolboy’s tablet for chalk writing, is so common in our vocabulary.

What does the arrival of September mean for a Seedling’s Promise mentee?

For many, it means the return to a healthy and predictable routine, the guarantee of a regular breakfast and a hot lunch, re-connection with friends, and the surety of a mentor’s weekly visit. For most, it also means a new teacher (or several) and new expectations. For 30% or more of our mentees, it even means learning to navigate a new school because the family has moved or chosen a different school option, or because the student is undergoing the big change of entering middle school or high school.

How can a mentor help? Continue reading

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Zaira’s Story – A Mentee’s Journey

This year, at the Seedling Foundation Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon, our keynote speaker was one of our own.

Zaira Garcia joined the Seedling’s Promise Program when it began, and was one of the first 8th grade Seedling College Scholarship winners in 2007.  She was a tiny girl, as she walked across the stage of Webb Middle School to receive her $5,000 college scholarship promise and her classmates gave the winners a standing ovation.

Her Mentor, Margo Dover, and the Seedling’s Promise Program became part of Zaira’s life and transformed it in many ways over the years.  But, you see, we don’t have to tell you her story…she does it herself, right here.

Zaira's Story

Click on the image to laugh, shed a tear, and understand the magic of mentoring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Zaira:

Zaira Garcia is a former Seedling’s Promise mentored student and current University of Texas at Austin undergraduate. She recently spoke at Seedling’s Annual Mentor Appreciation Event, about how her Seedling mentor impacted her life.

“We would meet once a week during my lunch hour and that was enough to help me cope with the loneliness I had become accustomed to…Having someone show up for you is a huge, huge deal…Thirty minutes once a week goes a long way for someone; someone who might get lost in the system, or someone who knows nothing about how important they are… (It) is enough to make a difference.”

Zaira’s message affirms that in just a few minutes each week, Seedling mentors make a significant and life-changing impact on a child’s life. This past school year, Seedling Foundation matched over 550 Central Texas school children with a caring, committed mentor.

This summer, we hope to recruit an additional 200 volunteers to match with both current and new children in the program. Will you help by becoming a mentor or making a donation to help us recruit and train new mentors?

We can’t do it without your support.

~Seedling’s Promise Staff

 

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Why I Give – One Donor’s Story

Amber TowersDonor Spotlight: Amber Towers

Amber Towers felt compelled to become a mentor as soon as she learned about the mission of the Seedling Foundation. Her first mentoring experience would introduce her to Errin, a 7th grader whom she would mentor throughout middle school and high school. Towers also had the unusual experience of being asked to serve as a foster parent for Errin when she was 16 years old, and Errin lived with Amber for two years.

Errin has since graduated and is working, going to school, and living on her own in an apartment she shares with a friend.

Towers said, “I’ve seen first-hand how just showing up once a week can truly change a child’s life. I saw how the program changed Errin. I saw how receiving a Seedling scholarship changed Errin. I know that she would not be in college now if it wasn’t for the scholarship and support she received from Seedling.” Continue reading

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Tipping Our Hats to Our Mentors

Hats Off to MentorsMay brings showers and bluebonnets to Central Texas along with Seedling’s annual rite of spring…the Mentor Appreciation Luncheon!

Hundreds of our Mentors gather with School Contacts, Seedling Board Members and Staff, Sponsors, Donors and our friends throughout Central Texas, for a noon time celebration of mentoring and the magic it brings into the lives of children.

Our Seedling College Scholarship Graduates are recognized and applauded, and the newest group of Seedling College Scholarship Winners (8th graders) are introduced to the community that has chosen to support them in their efforts to pursue more education and opportunities.

It is our favorite time of year.  As we shake hands and hug, trade stories and smiles, and re-dedicate ourselves to another year of making a difference.

Our keynote speaker this year was a young lady named Zaira Garcia.  She was one of our very first Seedling College Scholarship winners in 2007.  She graduated from high school in 2011 and claimed her scholarship and will now graduate this year from the University of Texas at Austin.  She dreams of being a teacher, and if her poise, intellect and character that she displayed as a speaker are any indication, her school and students are in for the treat of a lifetime.

Zaira reflected on the end of her 8th grade year, when she won her Seedling College Scholarship. Continue reading

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