Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM)

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About This Program

Target Population: Youth with current or prior experience in foster care

For children/adolescents ages: 7 – 24

Brief Description

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) [formerly known as Adoption and Foster Care Mentoring] is designed to empower over 200 Boston-area youth who have been impacted by foster care through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. SLM‘s goal is to create a community of consistent, adult support for youth in foster care that enables them to build the essential skills and emotional well-being they need to reach their full potential. SLM’s clinically trained Master’s-level staff form the foundation of SLM’s services. SLM pairs volunteer adult mentors with youth in foster care in one-to-one mentoring relationships. Leaders and Learn & Earn are skill-building programs that provide teens with financial incentives to earn and save. Social workers also provide ongoing social and emotional support to all participants. SLM youth are not passive recipients of services, but active in determining the supports they receive and the goals they set. Youth are encouraged to utilize SLM’s staff and services to navigate a healthy transition to adulthood in which they have the tools and resources they need to thrive.

Program Goals:

The goals of Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) are:

  • Achieve Consistent Positive Relationships (CPR) – where the youth achieves a well-defined set of caring relationships, a secure sense of belonging and has the social networks in place to form a positive cultural identity and successfully transition to adulthood.
  • Improve Social Skills – where the youth has the set of social skills, including empathy, pro-social coping strategies, emotional regulation, and social and workplace etiquette.
  • Build Resiliency – where the youth has a positive self and cultural identity, is determined to achieve goals in the face of adversity, calls on help when appropriate, and plays a positive role in the community.
  • Acquire Independent Living Skills– where the youth demonstrates proficiency in basic life skills, such as finding housing, navigating public transportation, taking care of their health needs, filing taxes, and obtaining and managing important identification documents.
  • Promote Educational Progression – where the youth understands the importance of education and has a network of supportive adults to help them achieve their academic goals, access financial aid, and pursue a postsecondary degree and/or vocational programs.
  • Obtain Employment Readiness – where the youth gains the skills and knowledge to successfully apply for, obtain, and retain employment and has a network of supportive adults to help them identify and pursue a career that offers a livable wage.
  • Obtain Financial Literacy – where the youth obtains and learns to manage a checking and savings account, has gotten and understands their credit report and score, and can apply critical financial concepts, such as interest rates, needs versus wants, and budgeting, into their daily and long-term financial goals.
  • Contact Information

    Colby Swettberg, M.Ed., LCSW
    Agency/Affiliation: Silver Lining Mentoring
    Phone: (617) 224-1305

    Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

    Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

    Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

    Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: April 2012