Seedling Mentoring: A Prescription for Success

What do we do?

As Seedling mentors, we are a consistent (we show up each week), supportive (we are that trusted listener, a sounding board for that student) presence of an adult friend. We are this person, this source of encouragement and empathy for our mentee. We go each week and sometimes are met with a big smile, a fist bump or high-five, maybe even a hug. Sometimes though, those little reassurances are missing. And we might start to wonder – how do we know we are making a difference? Continue reading

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Attendance Matters – Mentoring Helps!

Seedling Mentoring Attendance AwarenessThis September, Seedling will join organizations all over the country in recognizing Attendance Awareness Month.

Chronic absence, the missing of 10% or more of a school year, is an indicator of both poor school performance and an early indicator of dropping out of high school. Those most at risk of chronic absence include low-income, homeless, and transient students and often include children with parents in prison.

These groups of kids are the ones least able to afford to miss school, and the most at risk to do so.  The simple act of having a mentor spend time with a child for a short time each week can act as a strong deterrent to truancy and motivates them to keep attending school.

Mentor & Mentee

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Students with mentors do better in school and attend class more often.

Mentors can foster a culture of attendance in such an easy and fun way, which is especially important as we begin a new school year. Absenteeism is a damaging, yet often overlooked, factor in personal and educational and development, and a mentor is one of many ways that communities can get involved and help their local schools.

Having a mentor is powerful.  By becoming a mentor, you can help a child find a way out of the cycles of poverty and imprisonment, just by visiting with them, chatting, or playing a game. You can learn more about Attendance Awareness Month at AttendanceWorks.org and more about the school based research driven Seedling Mentor Program

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Mentees Speak Out – What the Young People Say

Group of TeensDuring a two-day Listening Session with youth affected by parental incarceration that was held in Washington DC, the group helped develop a Tip Sheet for Service Providers Working with Children and Families of the incarcerated. Continue reading

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Austin’s Fab Five 2017- Celebrating 5 Heroes for Children

2017-sf-ff-stdtopEach year Seedling honors five outstanding advocates for children in the Austin area. Some have been involved with the Seedling Mentoring Program personally, but others have contributed to the welfare of children in Austin in a different, but impactful way. Continue reading

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Reflections in Mentoring

reflectionIt’s the season for New Year’s Resolutions, and all the advice tells us to reflect, to think about where you’ve been and where you want to go.

As you think about the direction for your Seedling mentoring relationship and your hopes about where your mentee can go in life, reflection takes on a greater meaning. Continue reading

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