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End of Year

Will I have the same mentee next school year?

As we wait for the proposed guidelines for returning to school in the fall, Seedling is preparing and will be ready to inform you of any additions or modifications to our mentoring model.  In the meantime, you may be wondering; Will I keep the same mentee next year? As long as the child and the [...]

Transitioning to Middle or High School? Let’s Go!

Thinking about your mentee’s journey to their new school in the fall? Your 5th or 8th grade mentee might be too, as they will be entering middle school and high school in just a few short months. The idea might be both exciting and a little scary for each of you, considering the remote year [...]

To Our Mentors

We recognize that everyone is being affected differently by current events. We have been prompted to significantly change how we live, we have postponed future plans, and many are simply rising to the challenge of trying to survive until normalcy can be felt again. No matter where you find yourself please know that we are [...]

Taking A Break For The Summer

While school won't reconvene for 11 weeks, Seedling 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 When you begin [...]

My Mentee Is Thrilled About Summer, Right?

Who wouldn’t be happy about having no homework, sleeping a little later, and playing outside in the sunshine? But summer may include some other differences for your mentee. You might be surprised by some issues that could result in subtle signs of anxiety in your next few visits. For many children, school represents a place [...]

I do/do not plan to continue mentoring next year.

We sincerely hope that every mentoring relationship will be continued next school year. Research tells us that match longevity is key to the lasting benefit of the experience. The fact is, however, we cannot know what events in the life of the mentor or the mentee might make it impossible to see one another again. [...]

Healthy Closure

As a mentor, your primary focus is getting to know the wonderful young person for whom you have created a space in your heart. Your attention is in the present moment. As your relationship progresses, most likely the farthest thing from your mind is the thought of saying goodbye. You may even decide you will [...]

End of the School Year

It’s that time of year, Mentor!  As school draws to a close, we encourage you to plan a meaningful closure with your mentee.  Whether it is saying “so-long for the summer,” saying “goodbye” forever, or even if you haven’t met with your mentee this year, the steps remain the same: reiterate your friendship, celebrate your [...]

End of School Year FAQs

As spring comes to an end and the excitement of the summer begins to spark, we’re often met by a mix of emotions. This year  we are particularly eager to start looking at the possibilities of what the immediate future holds for ourselves and those we care about -- including our mentees. Here’s a helpful [...]

Closure in a Time of Social Distancing

Whether your match is ending for the school year or closing permanently, providing a positive sense of closure is vitally important. Each school year around this time, we encourage mentors to begin discussions about reconnecting in the fall or conversations about closure of the match. Preparing for these conversations early allows ample time for processing [...]

Closure Activities

For End of Year (or for Relationship) Closure There are many ways to say goodbye. If there is not something on this page that appeals to you, please feel free to reach out to your Mentor Director to brainstorm ideas. Create a Memory Book together that your mentee can have when you are finished. Your [...]

2020 Summer Pen Pal Program

Caregivers, mentees, and mentors have understood from the onset of the relationship that Seedling is a school-based program and that mentors have contact with the students only at school with one approved exception: the summer pen-pal program.  This summer option traditionally involved writing letters from mentors to mentees, and sometimes from mentees to mentors, through [...]

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