The CaLiCo Program

We build networks of social support across communities

We foster loving, lasting relationships between people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect.

Our students form long-lasting, trusting relationships with others, maybe for the first time in their lives. Our mentors learn to be vulnerable and build meaningful, mutually beneficial relationships with our students.

How it Works

  • Multiple mentors (junior and senior) work with each student and their families.

  • Each student has two to three meetings with their mentor(s) each week. At least one of the meetings is in person, usually at a local library or cafe easily accessible to the student.

  • Mentors build close relationships with students in many ways: through reading, tutoring, or even just catching up about the last Warriors game. 

  • Mentors track their students' progress, filling out a simple form after each interaction.

  • Assigning each mentor only one student lets them get to know each other well and build a committed, long term relationship. This also helps mentors understand how their student is doing over time.

  • CaLiCo coordinators check in and provide support to the mentors and student families on a regular basis.

How we Support Our Mentors
  • We require that our mentors go through two initial training sessions before meeting their student. This gives the mentors a better understanding of our program, and an opportunity to get to know the rest of the team.

  • We work closely with our mentors and have channels to escalate any issues they may run into.

  • We reimburse cab rides to and from mentoring sessions. 

  • We provide ongoing training, and hold monthly or quarterly (depending upon the need) team meetings with all our mentors to check in and exchange ideas .