Seedling Foundation

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 surrounding Central Texas area.

Mentoring can provide the caring, consistent presence of an adult friend that research has shown to be a major protective factor in building resilience among at-risk youth. Mentors and mentees in designated schools are matched in the Seedling program through a multi-step process that includes a Mentor Profile, criminal background check, and reference checks. Prior to their introduction to a child, each mentor attends a 2.5 hour orientation, conducted by skilled Seedling staff, which provides solid practical information about the mentoring process and the importance of their role.

Seedling Mentors meet weekly with their mentee, at school, during their mentee’s lunch. The matches engage in activities that may include things like board games, drawing, reading, talking or tossing a football outside. Each Seedling Mentor is assigned to a Mentor Director who provides regular, individual support and guidance. Additionally, Seedling Mentors are invited to attend monthly training presentations where lunch is provided and on-going education occurs based on research findings and best practices.