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LabStorm #172: Silver Lining Mentoring
Silver Lining Mentoring empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential life skills. We are committed to cultivating an environment where marginalized voices/identities are lifted up and centered in service of dismantling systems of oppression, and listening to the youth at the heart of our work has helped us improve the programs we offer and even the name of our organization! Beyond our community based mentoring model we also support young people affected by out of home care with Life Skills training and Transition Age Youth support.

In early 2023, Silver Lining Mentoring will launch a pilot program supporting youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system. In planning for this new program, we have made sure to provide multiple opportunities for input and feedback to help plan for the pilot. We want to listen deeply to the youth who are participating in the pilot, and iterate on the program in response to their feedback. While we've had success in gathering and utilizing youth voice for planning, in the past we've had challenges getting youth and mentors to respond to feedback surveys. We're exploring new ways we can listen the youth who are part of this pilot program and respond to what they say, and we hope you'll join us in this LabStorm to share your ideas and advice on how we can do that best.

Discussion Questions:
1. In what ways can we balance collecting feedback and evaluation needs during the pilot, without adding to survey fatigue or an extra burden on participants?
2. The pilot will rely heavily on young people and their mentors utilizing Google Classroom to access the TAY curriculum. In what ways could we integrate opportunities for real time feedback and progress between quarterly check-ins with SLM staff?
3. How can incentives play a role in this pilot that can help interest youth in participating and stay motivated throughout the pilot program?

Sep 22, 2022 10:30 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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