Norman-Sims Elementary

Seedling Project

Seedling Mentor Program

Seedling’s mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research-driven, school-based mentoring.

Seedling launched our Mentor Program in February 2006 at the request of a group of school principals who were concerned about the growing number of children affected by the incarceration of one or both of their parents. Seedling recruits volunteers from the community, matches them with eligible children and offers ongoing support to both children and mentors. Our mentors provide stable, long-term relationships for the students that can help them develop and maintain positive attitudes towards school. Mentors meet with students weekly during their lunch period and meet with them year after year---all the way through high school! 

Student’s qualify if:

-          A parent or guardian is currently incarcerated or has been recently released from incarceration

-          A parent or guardian has been deported or is in the deportation process