Become a Mentor

Silver Lining is in need of dedicated, caring adults like you to mentor. Mentors are ordinary people who make extraordinary commitments to young people. You don’t need a special background to be a mentor, just a desire to be a supportive, consistent presence to a child who needs a stable adult figure in his or her life.

Read more about who mentors are and what mentors do on our Frequently Asked Questions page, and check out the list below to find out about upcoming information sessions and how to apply to be a volunteer mentor.

1. Attend an Information Session

Interested in learning more about what it means to be a mentor with Silver Lining Mentoring?

Sign up to attend an upcoming info session to learn more!

If you have any questions, please contact Lara Kingstone at 617.391.9066 or e-mail

2. Apply & Interview with Programming Staff

3. Participate in One or More Training Sessions

Training Sessions are usually scheduled as two weeknight sessions, or occasionally a Saturday session.

4. Get Matched With a Youth

We ask for your patience during the matching process, as many of the mentees’ DCF social workers and guardians are very busy and can be difficult to connect with. In light of this, we ask that potential mentors be aware of a waiting period of approximately 60 days between attending orientation and finding a match. Our staff works hard to coordinate multiple schedules, so please bear with us as we work to provide youth with mentors.