In Episode 04 of the Charity Charge Show, the founder of Charity Charge chats with Dan Leal, Executive Director of Seedling.
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Across Central Texas, children live with the shame and stigma that often comes with being challenged by parental incarceration. When a child loses a parent to incarceration, they lose possibly the most significant person in their life. As a result they face significant risk factors that can make it difficult to succeed in school.
Seedling believes in the promise of every child: the promise of an education, the promise of a future, and the promise of all they can contribute to society. The Seedling mission is to support children challenged by parental incarceration with innovative, research driven, school-based mentoring.
Seedling launched their 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. The mentors provide stable, long-term relationships for the students that can help them develop and maintain positive attitudes towards school.