All across Central Texas, children with parents in the Texas prison system go to school and live with pain and stigma.
When children lose a parent to prison, they often lose their home and their stability, and their future is tenuous at best. These kids are “doing time” while their parents are and they face significant risk factors that can make it difficult for them to succeed.
Seedling believes in the promise of every child: the promise of an education, the promise of a future, and the promise of all they can contribute to society.
All children have the support they need to achieve and prosper despite life challenges and circumstances.
Seedling supports children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring.
Our Work: The Seedling Mentor Program
Seedling designed the Mentor Program in 2005 and piloted it in February 2006 at the request of a group of school principals who were concerned about the growing numbers of children affected by the incarceration of one or both of their parents.
Seedling recruits volunteers from the community, matches them with eligible children, and offers ongoing support to both children and mentors. Our mentors provide stable, long-term relationships for the students and help them develop and maintain positive attitudes towards school.
Since 2006, Seedling has served over 1600 students, with a presence at one time or another on 150+ campuses in 11 districts and 16 charter schools in Austin and Central Texas.
The Seedling Mentor Program has gained national attention and awards for our successful approach to matching children and mentors in a large urban school district. The majority of our mentors return for an additional year or more of mentoring. Mentors, teachers, caregivers, and the students themselves report positive outcomes from participation in the program.
Supported, nurtured, and encouraged, the children of the Seedling Mentor Program can build the resilience necessary to overcome their circumstances and fulfill the promise of their young lives.
Seedling is made up of people just like you who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children in our public schools.
For over a decade, a group of committed citizens, public corporations, and small businesses have worked collaboratively with local school districts to build long-term, sustainable partnerships. Working with our mentors and partners, Seedling has invested millions of dollars and thousands of hours to help change the landscape of education in Central Texas schools. Click History to read more about us and our past projects.
As a supporter of Seedling, you could be the difference between a life wasted and a life realized. Please consider mentoring, volunteering in another capacity, or supporting Seedling with a donation. Your contributions have the power to help young lives fulfill their promise.