Founded in 2001, Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) empowers foster youth to flourish through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. SLM provides long-term, one-to-one mentoring and life skills development for young people who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. SLM volunteer mentors are often the only adults in the youth’s lives who are not paid to spend time with them.
SLM serves youth ages 7 and older through Mentors, a one-to-one mentoring program, and through Leaders, a life-skills program for young people ages 14 and older who are preparing to “age out” of the child welfare system.
The Wagner Foundation is proud to support SLM's programs that provide young people with the guidance they need to be successful members of their communities. It is essential that individual connections are built around foster youth who lack a support system. A sense of being connected, being part of a community that cares for who you are, is difficult to quantify and measure but, at the same time, necessary.