The Mentor Portal is a tool that allows you to enter your weekly mentoring hours, and is a requirement for mentoring with Seedling. Your Mentor Director sent you a link when you had your first visit. If you no longer have the link, simply ask your Mentor Director to resend it to you; they’ll be happy to do so. You can sign in to the Mentor Portal using existing Yahoo or Gmail/Google accounts. After your login has been established, we encourage you to bookmark MentorPortal.net. It is imperative we have accurate records of visits, as this is essential information for our school partners and grant reports. Accurately reporting hours served by Seedling Mentors proves the scope of impact you are having across the greater Austin area!
A convenient benefit to the Mentor Portal is the home page where you can see messages from your Mentor Director, a useful tool to keep messages from being overlooked in your email. While schools ask mentors to sign in via sign-in sheets or binders, those are specific for campus use only. Seedling tracks your mentoring visits only via the Mentor Portal.
Another benefit of the Mentor Portal is the notes field. Here you can enter what YOU would like to remember about your visit – perhaps a prompt to bring a game that your mentee particularly enjoyed. Remember, although your Mentor Director can review these notes, they do not review Mentor Portal notes daily. If something is time sensitive or you would like to have a discussion with your Mentor Director regarding your match, the best way is to contact them directly.
For consistency and ease of use, it’s recommended that you document your visit once in your car after you leave the campus. It only takes a minute and you don’t have to remember to do it after getting back to the rest of your day. The most important thing is that you remember to document your time weekly. One minute spent updating your Mentor Portal each week helps to ensure we can keep serving children impacted by parental incarceration in Central Texas for years to come.
For step by step instructions on how to use the Mentor Portal, please click here.