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WE THRIVE WHEN WE MATTER

What we do

Silver Lining Mentoring empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. We are the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts, and one of the few in the country, exclusively focused on youth impacted by foster care.

SLM mentor matches last an average of 55 months — more than six times the national average.

67% of SLM youth are employed — versus 43% of their peers in foster care.

SLM youth are 7 times more likely to go to college than their peers in foster care.

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COMMUNITY BASED MENTORING

Community Based Mentoring pairs youth in foster care ages seven and older in one-to-one mentoring relationships with a trained volunteer mentor.

LEARN & EARN

Learn & Earn builds on mentoring with twelve weeks of life skills training, focusing on employment and financial literacy with a matched savings component.

YOUNG ADULT SERVICES

Young Adult Services provides individualized clinical support, resource brokering, housing support, and meets other urgent needs for young people who are aging out of foster care.

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INNOVATION:

We encourage creativity and collaboration in pursuit of leadership, learning, and continuous improvement.

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COMMUNITY:

We believe that all youth need positive connections to peers and adults, and a place to feel like they belong.

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GRATITUDE:

We are inspired by our community and are dedicated to acknowledging, appreciating and celebrating the strengths and successes of our community.

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CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS:

We believe that diversity strengthens communities, and we are committed to listening and practicing allyship with all identities to promote respect, compassion, and social justice.

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COMMITMENT:

We are dedicated to building relationships and skills that will serve youth into the future as they define and achieve personal success.

What you can do

Get Involved

Share your time and talent.

Volunteer

Mentor

Volunteer to help a youth find their silver lining.

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Give

Show more youth in foster care that they matter.

Donate

Partner

Learn more about how your organization can work with us.

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