(PITTSBURGH) May 9, 2013 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced that his newest mentoring campaign, Promise Coaches, will host a “Super Saturday” training session next Saturday, May 18 to provide residents the opportunity to become a greater positive influence in the lives of others. Promise Coaches, a servePGH initiative, equips adults with resources and skills to guide young people through high school and on to higher education. At the event, participants will learn about resources available in the City of Pittsburgh that can help steer the young people in their lives toward successful futures. The sessions will include information about how to effectively communicate, the importance of an ongoing relationship with your student, and will include presentations by The Pittsburgh Promise and Pittsburgh Public Schools. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to become registered Promise Coaches at the event.
“Our Promise Coaches Campaign equips Pittsburgh residents with the skills and resources they need to make a positive change in the lives of our city's youths,” Ravenstahl said. “Parents, relatives, neighbors, teachers – anyone can help a young person in their life become ‘Promise Ready’ and help grow the college-going culture among our city’s students.”
The Promise Coaches’ Super Saturday event will take place on May 18, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Crossroad’s United Methodist Church, 325 North Highland Avenue, in East Liberty. Super Saturday will feature two sets of workshops, allowing participants to select the workshops they wish to attend.
This free event is for both current Promise Coaches and those interested in becoming Coaches. Participants will receive free breakfast and are eligible to win door prizes. To register online, residents are encouraged to visit pittsburghpa.gov/servepgh/supersaturday, email servePGH@pittsburghpa.gov or call servePGH at 412-255-2280.
“This effort will better inform and equip caring adult volunteers to engage and help students navigate high school and prepare for successful, fulfilling and productive careers. It is a win for students, a win for the volunteers and a win for our city. Joining with Mayor Ravenstahl, we are continuing to build on existing mentoring efforts to ensure that all young people know that we care about them and are here to help them reach their fullest potential.” said Colleen Fedor, Executive Director of one of the Campaign’s partner agencies, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, one of the Campaign's partner agencies.
Last February, Mayor Ravenstahl launched the Promise Coaches Campaign, designed to equip adults in Pittsburgh with the resources and skills necessary to guide young people through high school and onto higher education and careers. The campaign, funded by a $100,000 grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation and led by the Mayor’s servePGH initiative, is supported by The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, the United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Schools and The Pittsburgh Promise. Since its launch, the campaign has trained over 150 Coaches and hosted 10 workshops.
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