"Mentoring" isn't just a buzz word or hot topic in the news. Mentoring is a mosaic of the people in our community, connecting to make life richer. Below are just a few of the local programs and organizations that exemplify the true magic of mentoring.
African American Achievement Trust at the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
Founded by the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, the African American Achievement Trust (AAAT) is committed to making a difference in education outcomes of African American youth in Southwestern Pennsylvania. The Trust is a team of more than one hundred African American leaders from every sector who volunteer to communicate with and serve students. The AAAT Collective Focus, a work project of the Trust, began at the University Preparatory School in the Hill District and Westinghouse School in Homewood.
The mission of Amachi Pittsburgh is to empower young minds to overcome the challenges of parental incarceration and to reach their full potential through one-on-one mentoring, family strengthening and reunification support, and leadership development and youth organizing. They are nationally recognized and award winning as the only organization in the Pittsburgh area with a distinct focus on children of promise.
Assemble offers daily educational programs to youth in Pittsburgh in local schools, community centers, and their physical location. These programs provide platforms for experiential learning, open creative processes and building confidence through making.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh
Established in 1965, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh works with children ages 6-18 from single parent families, low-income households and underperforming schools. Through BBBS Pgh, adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) are matched in Allegheny, Greene, and Washington counties. There are three program options available that are designed to help develop strong one-to-one relationships, and make a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young children—Community-Based, Site-Based, and mentor 2.0.
Connecting Champions works to help bridge the developmental gap between kids with cancer and their peers. To date, they’ve paired kids with adults from 38 different professions – everything from chefs and train conductors to ballerinas and ghost hunters.
Crossroads Foundation's LEAD Peer Mentoring Program pairs freshman scholars with LEAD juniors and seniors in an effort to: 1) establish relationships with other students across grades to improve connectedness to the CR program; 2) increase scholar’s ability to identify and access local resources; 3) increase leadership ability and role modeling for LEAD scholars.
NurturePA is a software-based, prompt system for young mother's with children, who can communicate with other moms. The prompts allow mentors to follow up with mother's in the midst of their day with helpful, developmentally appropriate support.
Rebranded from Cameroon Football Development Program, Open Field’s sport-based programming creates a safe space for youth to play and learn. Educational topics are connected to practice and games and youth participants take on leadership roles as coaches, referees, and mentors allowing them to emerge from the program with new skills to succeed in school and the workforce.
Reading is FUNdamental
Reading is FUNdamental (RIF) believes every child deserves an opportunity to own books, learn how to read, and obtain the fundamental building blocks to achieve their highest potential. Literacy opens doors and enables every child the chance to live their own journey.
South Hills Interfaith Movement
SHIM’s Teen Mentoring Program is focused on students 12-18 years old, who are former refugee families from Burma/ Thailand, Bhutan/ Nepal, and various African countries. Each group meets one evening per week, to participate in fun activities as well as guided discussion centered on making positive choices, building skills at home and in school, and planning for college and future careers.
SteelTown helps students become digital storytellers through their Film Academy, Teen Film Crew, and teen-created and produced webseries, The Reel Teens: Pittsburgh.
Strong Women Strong Girls
SWSG matches college women with elementary school girls in an after school, group mentoring setting in order to build upon the lessons learned from strong women throughout history to help girls and young women become strong women themselves. By building communities of women committed to supporting positive social change, SWSG works to create cycles of mutual empowerment for women and girls.
The Center in Midland facilities peer mentoring in which high school students become mentors to younger children and meet with them once a week. Children also have the opportunity to be matched one-to-one with a caring and trusted adult in the community who commits to spending quality time with their mentee, building relationship, and helping them develop a sense of self-worth and confidence.
West Greene School District
A peer-to-peer mentoring program, West Green School District pairs middle school students with older students with the intention that mentees will later become mentors. As students transition from mentee to mentor, they learn problem solving and leadership skill and how to communicate efficiently and lead with example.
Youth Enrichment Services
Youth Enrichment Services provides valuable services to youth in Allegheny County. YES operates a certified peer mentoring program, which includes both a rigorous training component and an aggressive summer study research project. Additionally, YES includes Diversion 2000, a pre-adjudicated youth (age 10-14) mentoring program.
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