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In order to ensure that each mentoring relationship has ample time to connect and build strong friendships, we stop making new matches around March 1st of each school year. January 20, 2017, was the last day to submit an application to become a Seedling Mentor for the 2016-2017 school year. Mark your calendar and apply for the 2017-2018 school year!

 

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?

SF MariaSeedling mentors...

~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.

The Seedling Mentor program is currently active at:  Seedling Schools Directory Button

  

Requirements

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.

 

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