Ready to Apply to Mentor?


We are now accepting mentor applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Apply today to begin your mentoring journey!

Seedling Schools


What do mentors do?

Mentors meet once a week with their students for 30-45 minutes at school during the student’s lunch break for one academic year or more. Depending on the child’s age, a mentor might color with them, read to them, create a craft, play a game, or simply spend the time talking. There’s no academic tutoring or counseling; all you need to do is be there and be yourself.  

 Who makes a great mentor?

SF MariaSeedling mentors...

~are 21 years of age or older

~have a schedule and access to transportation that allows them to make a firm commitment to the weekly visit at school

~believe that a young person can be an interesting friend

~are open to discovering a young person's stories and interests

~are great listeners

~are willing to communicate regularly with program staff, comply with documentation requirements, and take advantage of the support and coaching the program offers to them

~can maintain respectful confidentiality regarding their mentee

~honor the authority and role of the child’s parent or caregiver


Is there a Seedling school near you?

Seedling Mentor Program is a school-based mentoring program with students in selected schools in Austin ISD and Hays County ISD. Mentors only meet with students at their schools. Our mentors support children from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12, and each school has a counselor, Parent Support Specialist, or other school staff person managing the program on-site.  If you’re uncertain about which school location to choose, don't worry about choosing one in the drop-down menu when you complete your profile. During the matching process, Seedling staff will help you decide.

Seedling Schools



Before becoming a mentor, you will need to:

  • Register and complete the Profile thoroughly.
  • Complete active participation in a 2.5 hour New Mentor Orientation. 
  • Pass a background check.
  • Receive satisfactory reference checks.
  • Respond promptly to phone calls and email.
  • Comply with program ethics and boundaries.


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