This fall, the Silver Lining Mentoring program team is excited to launch our next Build-A-Match cohort (BAM) at a residential placement in Needham, MA. BAM is a six-week cohort program for youth ages 7-13 living in a residential placement, which means placement in a licensed publicly- or privately-owned facility, other than a private family home, where 24-hour care is provided. This program is designed to help introduce younger youth to mentoring and provide unique accommodations in support of their needs.
Each young person is paired with a volunteer mentor who is committed to using these six weeks as an onramp to a minimum year-long mentoring relationship. BAM is an exciting and safe opportunity for mentees to begin a mentoring relationship that can last for years!
Throughout the BAM experience, matches are supervised by an SLM program coordinator who guides them through a variety of relationship-building and hands-on activities. Staff use a trauma-informed lens and social-emotional learning concepts to design a safe, interactive and fun space for matches to enjoy.
We particularly love hosting BAM cohorts as they provide a wonderful opportunity to see mentees and mentors building their relationships in real-time, and a chance to see matches in community with other matches.
Interested in learning more about mentoring a young person in foster care? Check out the Become a Mentor page and explore options for attending an upcoming volunteer info session.