In early spring 2002, the organization made its first mentor-mentee “match.” It became an independent 501(c)(3) in 2004 and continues to provide programs to serve youth in foster care. Since the organization’s inception, we have enjoyed continuous growth and success in matching youth with highly committed volunteer mentors.
In 2015, the organization underwent a renaming process in response to its young people’s desire to have a more aspirational, future oriented name that reflects the voices and values of our youth. Our name came from a youth focus group when one SLM mentee reflected that “you have given me a mentor I can count on and a future I can look forward to – this organization is my silver lining.” And with that, our name was born! Silver Lining Mentoring is among only a few mentoring organizations in the United States, and the only mentoring organization in Massachusetts, that exclusively serves the unique, pressing needs of youth in foster care.