“I Am A Mentor” – Celebrating National Mentoring Month

By |January 6th, 2022|Categories: All Posts, News|

What better way to ring in the new year than with National Mentoring Month? This January, we're celebrating our incredible mentors, like Abby, who make a lasting difference for young people in foster care. So why do our amazing volunteers choose to become mentors? What have they l ... Read More >

Reflecting on 2021: SLM’s Year in Review

By |December 16th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, News|

As we wrap up another year, I wanted to thank you for standing with youth in foster care. This past year hasn't been easy for anyone, but young people impacted by foster care have been particularly vulnerable to financial concerns, food insecurity, and housing instability, all wh ... Read More >

Help Youth in Foster Care THRIVE This Giving Tuesday!

By |November 29th, 2021|Categories: All Posts|

This Giving Tuesday, help youth in foster care THRIVE! Donate now. Young people in the Massachusetts foster care system are moved 8 times every 3 years, on average. Each move often means starting over with a different bed, a different school, different teachers and classmates, and ... Read More >

My Experience With The SLM Program And Having A Mentor

By |November 10th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, Youth Voice|

By Deavonie Cowan, SLM Mentee Having a mentor is one of the most humbling things that can happen to a kid, young youth, or anyone that is about to age out of foster care. When I was in foster care right around the year before I was going to age out I chose to do the SLM program, I ... Read More >

Mentoring Milestone: Celebrating One Year

By |October 18th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, News, Youth Voice|

Join us in congratulating Yamil and his mentor Monica on their one-year match anniversary! Since they matched in October 2020, Yamil and Monica’s mentoring relationship—like many relationships throughout the COVID-19 pandemic—has been mostly virtual. Their Friday video calls have ... Read More >

An Update from Silver Lining Mentoring

By |October 14th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, News|

As the seasons change, we too have change at Silver Lining Mentoring. With both appreciation and sadness, we announce Barbara Best’s departure as Executive Director of Silver Lining Mentoring. From Executive Director Barbara Best “It is with mixed emotions and a profound sense of ... Read More >

Recognizing & Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

By |October 6th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, Cultural Responsiveness, News|

Ahead of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Silver Lining Mentoring acknowledges that we work and live on the traditional territories of Indigenous nations, including the Massachusett and Nipmuc people, and that this land is home to many diverse Native people today. This Year’s Boston Marat ... Read More >

Podcast: Navigating The Complexities Of Adoption

By |September 24th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, News|

Evan Hubbard, LICSW, our Assistant Director of Clinical Strategy, is featured in the latest episode of the Thriving Adoptees podcast, entitled "Navigating The Complexities Of Adoption". In the episode, Evan shares his learnings on moving beyond grief to create opportunity for chan ... Read More >

New learning opportunities for Silver Lining mentors!

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, News|

At Silver Lining Mentoring, we know that continuing education is important to helping mentors and young people succeed. That’s why we’re excited to introduce three new virtual learning opportunities for mentors! Hosted on TalentLMS, these three new courses are convenient and self- ... Read More >

‘I kept a closed heart’ — my life in Massachusetts foster care

By |July 23rd, 2021|Categories: All Posts, News|

Iliana Joaquin, SLM volunteer mentor and Board member, shared her experience in the Massachusetts foster care system in an article for Boston Globe Ideas. Below is an excerpt from Iliana's story: I was in three homes total, which is low — the average is six to eight. My first sexu ... Read More >

Community Update: Return to In-Person Programming

By |June 28th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, News|

[Updated December 7, 2021] Effective July 1, 2021, Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) continues to offer some in-person programming! At this time we are encouraging matches to meet in person while following SLM’s In-Person Visit Policy. We’ll be offering a mix of both in-person and vir ... Read More >

Recognizing & Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month

By |June 4th, 2021|Categories: All Posts, Cultural Responsiveness, News|

On behalf of the Silver Lining Mentoring team, we wish you a joyful and meaningful PRIDE MONTH! Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is currently celebrated each year in the month of June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. The Stonewal ... Read More >

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