• Meet our new Executive Director
  • Does 30 minutes a week make a difference?
  • How to win friends and influence mentees
  • New feature:  Question of the Month
  • Calendar information



We are excited to launch a new year standing alongside you to serve very special youth...and there are a lot of you! Our Mentor Directors comment daily on the remarkable number of mentors who are returning for another year of participation.  We and our community owe you a debt of gratitude.



Meet our New Executive Director

We are pleased to welcome our new Executive Director Shira Ledman to Seedling Foundation and to Texas.  


A Maryland native, Shira recently relocated from Arizona.  Shira's professional roots are in social work.  She brings a deep background in leading and advocating for social service organizations, addressing the needs of underserved youth and their families, and building coalitions to make a difference in improving communities. 


Shira shared these thoughts: "I am so excited to be a part of an organization of excellence that is making a dramatic impact on the lives of Austin's children.  Our mentors are at the core of this and I look forward to working with you as we move forward."

We also welcome our newest Mentor Director, Angela Guerrero.  Angela most recently served as counselor and Seedling School Contact at Walnut Creek Elementary in AISD.  She will begin supporting mentors at Oak Springs and Pleasant Hill right away.  
You can read more about Shira and Angela here.



Does 30 Minutes a Week Make a Difference?


On May 22, our annual Mentor Appreciation Luncheon featured as keynoter a former Seedling mentee and current UT undergraduate, Zaira Ruth Garcia.  Zaira spoke with eloquence and passion as she personified the powerful impact that a Seedling mentor can have. Thanks to the dedication and compassion of our Seedling's mentors, over 570 children experienced this kind of caring commitment last year. You can enjoy a six-minute video of portions of her message from the Seedling homepage 




How to Win Friends and Influence Mentees


Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People was first published in 1936.  Thirty million copies later, it still offers us valuable advice about our interpersonal relationships.  Dr. Jean Rhodes, Director of the Center which publishes the on-line Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring, has gleaned some important lessons for mentors. For example, the best way to motivate your mentee is read more



Question of the Month


For the new year, Mentor Minute will feature a question-of-the-month with grade-appropriate responses. 


This month:  How can I know if my mentee wants me to continue?





September 17 - Monthly Lunchtime Training

Windsor Branch Library


September 17 - Early Release

Del Valle ISD


September 18 - Early Release

Manor ISD




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