Nonprofit Spotlight | Seedling Foundation
Last month I was invited to attend the Seedling Foundation Mentor Appreciation Luncheon. Seedling Foundation’s mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research-driven, school-based mentoring in Austin and selected sites in the Central Texas area. It’s Promise Mentor Program, launched in February 2006, provides the caring, consistent presence of an adult friend that works to build resilience among at-risk youth, youth affected by the incarceration of one or both parents.
Mentors and mentees in designated schools are matched through a multi-step process that includes a Mentor Profile, criminal background check, and reference checks. Mentors complete a 2.5-hour orientation which provides solid practical information about the mentoring process and the importance of their role prior to their introduction to a child. Throughout the mentor-mentee relationship Seedling Foundation offers continued education for mentors, providing support based on research findings and best practices.
In addition, many of the Seedling Mentor Program students have received college scholarships from the Seedling Foundation and welcomed to stay connected with their mentors and the Seedling family. Seedling College Scholarships are $5,000 grants that are awarded to 8th grade students in the Seedling Mentor Program. The funds are held in trust until mentees graduate from high school, and then are awarded to the two or four-year institution of higher learning that the student chooses.
To learn more about the Seedling Foundation or how to become a part of the Promise Mentor Program and its College Scholarships please visit Seedling Foundation website at www.SeedlingFoundation.org.