MENTOR MINUTE

 
 
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Spotlight on Our Volunteers
* Scholarship Mentees Win Scholarship Awards
* Taking a Break for Summer
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The spotlight shone bright on May 21st at the Delco Center, as the Seedling Foundation's 10th Annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon honored the dedication and caring hearts of our fabulous volunteer mentors.

 

SaulPaul, a Musician with a Message, began our celebration as keynote speaker, sharing his personal story of triumph over adversity.   Encouraging "education not incarceration" SaulPaul's mission is to impact the hearts and minds of young people through live performances using his voice, his story, and his guitar.  Through engaging song, SaulPaul brought meaningful appreciation to our Seedling mentors, affirming that they are ALL stars!

 

A highlight of our celebration each year is the recognition and acknowledgement of our mentors' volunteer spirit.  It is awe-inspiring to witness the dedication and commitment our mentors have for children, as they stand when their years of service are announced.  This year, the Seedling Foundation was thrilled to recognize four mentors whose volunteer service has extended 10 years.  A very special thanks to all of our mentors.  You have made it possible for over 600 children to experience the caring relationship of a Seedling mentor this year.

 

 

Seedling Mentees Win Scholarship Award

Through generous donations, the Seedling Foundation has had the privilege of offering our 8th grade Seedling mentees an opportunity to compete for a $5000.00 scholarship for higher education, to be bestowed upon graduation.  We are proud to announce that 5 Seedling mentees were awarded the prize this year.  Please enjoy some thoughts and declarations from the 2015 winning essays. 

 

     "No doubt my mom and grandpa would be the proudest of me if I were to win this scholarship.  The main reason my mom immigrated to the United States was for my future, so I could grow up and have a better education and be successful in life."

 

     "I think it's important for all kids to have adults they can count on.....I will never forget anything I have learned from my mentor.  We have known each other for 10 years, why not another 10?"

 

     "I know for sure that I am going to make something out of my life.  My main focus is school.  I love learning new things.  I respect my teachers because I know they work hard to give me an education."

 

     "I would set an example for my little brother.  Then, perhaps he can go to college too and see all the educational advantages available to him.  I have heard that one generation can change the direction a family goes.  I want to be that person for my family."

 

     "My mentor is there to guide me.  She empowers me to see my possible future and believe it can be obtained.  My mentor has been the best for helping me through my hard life."

 

   

                   
  Taking a Break   for Summer

 

Thank you, mentors, for the extra effort you have shown in making your last few visits before the summer break meaningful for your mentees.  We have had a great mentoring year!  While school won't reconvene for 11 weeks, the Seedling office staff will be planning and readying a smooth transition for you to continue mentoring in September.  Most of our Mentor Directors do not work during the summer months, but feel free to contact us at the Seedling Office at (512) 323-6371  or at  sdlngspprt@seedlingfoundation.org .

 

When you begin to plan your Fall Mentor Calendar, here are a few things to consider:

  • In mid to late August, we will contact you about your interest in returning as a mentor for the 2015/2016 school year. (If you have already confirmed with us that you won't be returning next year, we have documented that in our database. Just know that you are always welcome back, and all it takes is a phone call!)
  • In late August, we will be confirming your mentee's enrollment and gathering his/her preliminary schedule information from the School Contact at your mentee's campus.  This process takes a little bit longer for middle and high-school mentees. Perhaps your mentee has indicated that the family is moving; please allow us this time to confirm.  So many times, the child is right on the campus where you last saw him or her.
  • If you are planning to return to mentor your mentee, please delay visiting until the second week of school.  For the 2015/2016 school year, this time will be August 31st.  
  • Postponing your visit will allow your mentee to experience the "normalcy" of beginning-of-school routines before the gift of your presence is specially added.  By that time, the school personnel will have an opportunity to re-establish their procedures for mentors, including the sign-in process.  
  • A special Seedling lunchtime training will be presented to mentors whose mentees are transitioning into High School on Thursday, September 3rd.  Additional details will be available soon. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in the fall and hope you will consider bringing a friend or colleague with you.  Seedling Orientation for new mentors will begin in September at our new offices in northeast Austin. 

        
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Best wishes for a happy summer from the
Seedling Foundation Staff!
 

Seedling Foundation | 512-323-6371 | www.seedlingfoundation.org