In Community Based Mentoring, matches engage in free or low-cost activities in the community where the young person lives. Mentor/mentee matches decide together on what activities to do based on personal interest, allowing them to build strong, trusting relationships. Examples may include playing basketball, getting pizza or ice cream, hiking, obtaining a learner’s permit, visiting an animal sanctuary, going to a museum, or volunteering together.
In Learn & Earn, young people and mentors start their relationships by participating in a 12-week lifeskills curriculum with weekly workshops facilitated by Silver Lining mentoring staff focused on financial literacy and employment skills. At the conclusion of the Learn & Earn program, matches have the opportunity to transition into SLM’s Community Based Mentoring program.