Why do you focus on serving children with incarcerated parents?
Children of prisoners are a hidden population. No institution systematically asks the question of whether a child is affected or in need due to having an incarcerated parent. Parental incarceration is now recognized as a traumatic event in the life of a child. And studies show that childhood trauma and stress can lead to negative physical and mental health outcomes.
What will the child’s family know about me?
Very little. Just your name and what you share with the child.
Will I meet the child’s parent or caregiver?
It is possible you could meet if you and the caregiver both attend one of Seedling’s caregiver events where the mentor, the child and the caregiver participate in a planned activity designed to build trust and celebrate the child.
Can I choose the child or the school where I mentor?
While it’s based on proven research, we make every effort to honor your preferences when matching.
What if my mentee changes schools after I start?
If this occurs, you have several options and Seedling will support you in determining the best choice for you and your mentee.
Can we meet at another time besides lunch?
Our schools provide a meeting space for the child and mentor to meet during the lunchtime so as not to interfere with class time and school functions. As a research- based program, we know that mentor programs that pull students out of academic time seldom have positive outcomes on school measures. However, occasionally other options may be available.
What if I need help?
Seedling provides high-quality coaching and support throughout your relationship. Every mentor is assigned a Mentor Director who will be available to answer questions and assist you. In addition to mentoring themselves, Mentor Directors are knowledgeable about child development and working in the public school system.
I may know other people who would like to mentor. How do I spread the word?
Seedling is happy to schedule presentations, provide informational material, and/or attend volunteer recruitment events. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.