What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a structured and trusting relationship that brings young people together with caring individuals who volunteer their time to offer guidance, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the mentee. Who was that person (or people) in YOUR life? You have the chance to pay it forward and help young people fulfill their potential.
You Probably Already Have What it Takes
Mentors are regular people who are willing to share their interests and time with a young person. If you have a special talent, maybe an interest in fly fishing or algebra or basketball, there's a young man or lady looking to learn from you and with you.
Mentoring Doesn't Have to Take a Lot of Time
Whether you're available to volunteer one hour a week, 2-4 hours a month or only evenings and weekends, there is a mentoring program out there for you! Imagine the impact that YOU can make in a young person's life! Depending on the program, mentoring relationships can last between six months to a year. Let us help you find the program that best suits you.
Mentors Don't Have to be Experts to Begin
Preparation is very important to a mentoring relationship. To assist you with this, we offer Mentoring 101: What Every Mentor Should Know. We'll answer your questions about mentoring and help you understand what to expect as a mentor.
Ongoing training is equally important, therefore, we encourage mentors to take advantage of the advanced training opportunities that we provide. Do you have questions about mentoring and diversity, values and their impact on the mentoring relationship? How about communication or building a positive relationship with your Mentee? Or what type of cool activities can you and your mentee do together? Training sessions on these topics are offered several times a year at no cost to participants. » Learn more about our training offerings
Mentors Decide Where to Have Impact
There are more than 140 programs within 60 miles of Downtown Pittsburgh. You can decide to participate in a program that takes place close to your home or office, in a school, community center, church or in neighborhoods across the region. Once you are matched, you and your mentee can take part in activities such as visiting a local museum, attending a ballgame or just walking in the park.
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So Many Youth Can Benefit from a Mentor
As a mentor, you will have the opportunity to work with youth of different ages and genders, in one-on-one situations or in small groups. You may also want to work with inner city youth, a child in a faith-based program or via e-mentoring. The choice is yours. Search for programs...
There are Many Diferent Ways to Mentor
Mentoring can happen anywhere. There are lots of great young people waiting for you.
Call us at 412-281-2535 and we'll help you find a program and guide you through your mentoring experience.
A Mentor is a...
- Role model
- Resource for new ideas and opportunities
- Someone your child can talk to
A Mentor is Not a...
- Social worker
- Super hero
- Parole officer
- Source of money
- The solution to all problems