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Announcing Seedling’s Fab Five Winners: Seedling to Honor Winners at 11th Annual April Gala in support of Children who have an Incarcerated Parent

AUSTIN, Texas -- Seedling invites the Austin community to our 11th Annual Austin's Fab Five - Light Up the Night! Gala on the evening of Friday, April 14, 2023, at the Hyatt Regency Austin. Join us as we honor five true local heroes whose selfless devotion has left a profoundly positive impact in the lives of hundreds of Central Texas children.

This prominent event benefits Seedling by raising vital funds used to bring hope and opportunities for thousands of children affected by parental incarceration in Central Texas.

This year's honorees are Ana Cortez, President at Mexican American School Boards Association; Jonathan "Chaka" Mahone, Founder, DAWA (Diversity and Wellness in Action); Dr. Rosalind Oliphant, Mentor Teacher and Community Partnerships for Bertha Sadler Means Young Women's Leadership Academy and Gus Garcia Young Men's Leadership Academy; Lisa Ivie Miller, Principal and Financial Advisor, CAPTRUST, and Blake Absher, Executive Vice President, Austin Market President, Broadway Bank.

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The process of selecting the honorees is a rigorous and highly competitive one. Seedling chooses candidates who are leaders in the Austin community and whose work positively impacts Central Texas children. Fab Five honorees are devoted champions for underserved children as well as education. The Fab Five event highlights the work and leadership of the honorees while raising much needed funds to support school-based mentoring for children impacted by parental incarceration.

"This is our eleventh year hosting the Fab Five Gala, and every year we continue to raise the bar for, and accomplish our fundraising goals, so more children can experience the benefits of having a caring mentor in their life," said Julie Barschow, Seedling Director of Development. "As we reflect on the contributions of this year's Honorees, we look to our extraordinarily generous community to help us continue the Fab Five - Light Up the Night! Gala for many years to come."

Proceeds from the event support Seedling's mentor program, which provides mentors as role models and sources of support and encouragement to children whose parents are absent from the home serving a jail or prison sentence.

For information on the event or Seedling's impact in the lives of children in our community, please visit the Fab Five website at or contact Emily Slater at or 512-323-6371.

About Seedling:

Seedling has provided school-based mentoring for children impacted by parental incarceration since 2006. This school year, Seedling aims to provide mentoring for 525 students in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Pflugerville ISD, Hays CISD, KIPP Public Schools, and Austin Achieve, and is currently seeking mentors. Each year, Seedling also awards $5,000 scholarships to 8th grade students to use toward their post-secondary education. Since the pandemic, Seedling has expanded programming to include virtual and summer mentoring, additional scholarship opportunities, and extra support for high school mentees. Seedling is a 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, Tax ID #74-2841791. Donations are tax deductible.

To learn more about Seedling or to become a mentor visit Seedling's website at or call (512) 323-6371.

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Mentors Needed for Children Experiencing Parental Incarceration

AUSTIN, Texas -- Seedling, a non-profit organization serving children who have an incarcerated parent, is seeking business partners and individuals to mentor children in Central Texas school districts during the 2021-22 school year. The organization served 349 children last school year and expects to significantly increase the number of children served during the 2021/2022 school year.

Seedling's mission is to mitigate the impact of parental incarceration on children in Central Texas through school-based mentoring. The non-profit organization matches children with mentors in Austin ISD, Del Valle ISD, Hays Consolidated ISD, KIPP Public Schools, and Pflugerville ISD. Since 2005, Seedling has served over 2300 children who have a parent in prison or jail.

There are an estimated 8,000 kids that have a parent in jail or prison in the four-county area of Travis, Hays, Bastrop, and Williamson County. No system, including criminal justice and schools, reliably ask the question of whether a child is affected or is in need, due to parental incarceration. The organization began mentoring children of incarcerated parents due to the request of principals in local school districts.

"Our community needs to be doing all it can to support the children in Central Texas who have an incarcerated parent. It is imperative that we all find ways to support Seedling's mentoring program so these kids have the opportunity to reach their full potential," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Based in best practices for mentoring, Seedling trains and supports its mentors, specializing in the challenges surrounding being a child who has an incarcerated parent. Mentors meet with their mentee once weekly during lunch personally or virtually, at one of the 100 public schools partnering with Seedling. The organization pairs the volunteer's skills and interests with a child who has similar interests.

"Mentoring helps employees adopt skills and behaviors at work that can make a real difference for both the individual and the employer in today's socially conscious workforce. More importantly, the reward for both the mentee and volunteer is life changing," said Dan Leal, Seedling Executive Director.

Seedling matches average 24 months which positively contributes to the students' personal development, resilience, school engagement, attendance, and disciplinary outcomes. Eighty-five percent of Seedling's 2019-20 high school seniors aspired to enroll in college. More than double the number of Seedling students confirmed college enrollment than did a matched comparison group of students.

Individuals can go to the Seedling website to complete the new mentor application or call Seedling at (512) 323-6371 to inquire about an information session for a group.

Caregivers who are seeking school-based mentoring for their child in school districts partnering with Seedling should contact the school's counseling department.

About Seedling:

Seedling has provided school-based mentoring for over 2300 Central Texas children impacted by parental incarceration since 2005. Seedling is seeking mentors to serve children during the 2021-22 school year as schools allows mentors to return campuses. Seedling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID #74-2841791. Donations are tax deductible.

Learn more at:

Dan Leal, Executive Director
(512) 323-6371 (phone)

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