What do mentors do?
Mentors meet once a week with their students for 30-45 minutes at school during the student’s lunch break for one academic year or more. Depending on the child’s age, a mentor might color with them, read to them, create a craft, play a game, or simply spend the time talking. There’s no academic tutoring or counseling; all you need to do is be there and be yourself.
Who makes a great mentor?
~are 21 years of age or older
~have a schedule and access to transportation that allows them to make a firm commitment to the weekly visit at school
~believe that a young person can be an interesting friend
~are open to discovering a young person's stories and interests
~are great listeners
~are willing to communicate regularly with program staff, comply with documentation requirements, and take advantage of the support and coaching the program offers to them
~can maintain respectful confidentiality regarding their mentee
~honor the authority and role of the child’s parent or caregiver
Is there a Seedling school near you?
Seedling Mentor Program is a school-based mentoring program with students in selected schools in Austin ISD and Hays County ISD. Mentors only meet with students at their schools. Our mentors support children from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, and each school has a counselor, Parent Support Specialist, or other school staff person managing the program on-site. If you’re uncertain about which school location to choose, don't worry about choosing one in the drop-down menu when you complete your profile. During the matching process, Seedling staff will help you decide.
Before becoming a mentor, you will need to:
- Register and complete the Profile thoroughly.
- Complete active participation in a 2.5 hour New Mentor Orientation.
- Pass a background check.
- Receive satisfactory reference checks.
- Respond promptly to phone calls and email.
- Comply with program ethics and boundaries.