Personnel
Be a Middle School Mentor!

“I'm grateful to be allowed to watch his development and play a role as a supportive adult friend. I truly don't think there's anything better I could do with my time.”
 

Be a Middle School Mentor!

“Not only have I been able to take pleasure in the knowledge that I am helping make a difference in a person’s life, my community and the world, my mentee has also helped make a difference in me!”

-Mentor with the Be A Middle School Mentor Program

Be a Middle School Mentor!

“My ‘little’ is so smart and so sweet and has BIG goals for her life. I hope, down the road, she'll feel that I helped if even just a little."

-Mentor with the Be A Middle School Mentor Program

Mayor's Mentoring Initiative
Mayor's Mentoring Initiative

Message from Personnel & CSC

The Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative (MMI) consists of three programs that aim to encourage City of Pittsburgh employee participation through the initiative. Approved employees may be eligible to receive paid administrative leave time during work hours to participate in one of the mentoring programs.

The Be a Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) program allows employees to select a middle school where they will volunteer with for one hour per week and work with an under privileged youth.

Everybody Wins (EW) is an elementary reading program, employees read with a child to encourage literacy, because reading is FUN. EW and BAMSM provide approved volunteer employees with up to two hours of paid administrative leave time per week, one hour to travel and the other to spend time with the child.

New for the 2015-2016 school year, mentor2.0 (m2.0) is an electronic mentoring program. Through approved participation in m2.0, employees may receive up to 4 hours of paid administrative leave per month to participate in the program via email communication (30 minutes per week) and one (1 hour) monthly face-to-face meeting with the youth.

For the 2014-2015 school year, the MMI had 33 employees volunteers. For the 2015-2016, the goal of the MMI is to work towards doubling the volunteer count.

Any employee who is interested and has any questions about the MMI programs and the approved paid leave should contact mentorpgh@pittsburghpa.gov or (412) 255-2710. Employees who are interested in participating in this meaningful initiative must begin the process by completing an application for the selected program. Approval from the employee’s immediate supervisor must be gained to submit the application.  

Thank you for your consideration in this amazing opportunity to be a part of the MMI.

MMI, Personnel & CSC
mentorpgh@pittsburghpa.gov

Welcome to the Mayor’s Mentor Initiative (MMI) Program

Dear City of Pittsburgh employee:

Quite simply, the youth within our community are the future of our community.  Making an impact through mentoring is one of the most powerful ways to provide our youth with an advantageous experience towards a better future.  Mentorships provide a mentee with a strong positive relationship that will help form them and their decisions, academically, personally, and professionally.   

With the City of Pittsburgh, Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative (MMI), the program offers each employee a choice and flexibility to mentor through Be A Middle School Mentor, Everybody Wins!, and mentor2.0. With the introduction of mentor2.0 for the 2015-2016 school year, an online discussion portal with the mentee will be used along with one monthly face-to-face mentor meeting at an off-site location. For further flexibility, you may mentor with a team of coworkers.

I encourage you to learn more about each program within the MMI here.

I hope that you choose to participate in the MMI and help engage and support the youth in our community.  

Sincerely,

William Peduto
Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

About the MMI Programs

Be A Middle School Mentor (BAMSM): The Be A Middle School Mentor Program is the largest mentoring project in the region's history, initiated by the leadership of the Youth Futures Commission and developed through the collaboration of United Way of Allegheny CountyPittsburgh Public Schools, and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

A little more about BAMSM…

  • Recruitment window: June to December
  • New mentors complete one-time 3 hour training with Mentoring Partnership.
  • Per the MMI executive order, participating mentor employees receive 2 hours Approved Leave (AP) time each week to participate in the program.
  • Employees are required to obtain clearances/background check.

Everybody Wins (EW): The Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh's Everybody Wins! Program is an affiliate of Everybody Wins! USA, a national literacy and mentoring organization that strives to build literacy skills and a love of reading among elementary school students.  This lunchtime literacy and mentoring program pairs elementary school students with volunteers to share conversation and good books for one hour a week.

A little more about EW…

  • Recruitment window: Process is rolling, but it is best to sign up over the summer through September to be placed with a student.
  • Per the MMI Executive Order, participating mentor employees receive up to 2 hours Approved Leave (AP) time each week to participate in the program, which includes 1 hour of travel time total and 1 hour to read.
  • Our mentors are asked to complete one, one-hour long orientation.
  • Employees are required to obtain clearances/background check.

mentor2.0 (m2.0): New for 2015-2016! The mentor2.0 program is through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh and is a technology-enriched, email supported one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting students. Through partnerships between Big Brothers Big Sisters, schools, and employees, m2.0 will support high-impact mentoring relationships, aimed at providing students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school and succeed in college and the workforce. m2.0 maintains the fundamentals of quality mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for through one-to-one relationships, providing professional relationship support and maintaining a focus on safety for the benefit of the mentee and mentor. m2.0 expands this by using technology for much of the interaction between the mentee and mentor, reducing the in-person time commitment to once every month.

A little more about m2.0…

  • Recruitment window: Process may be rolling, but it is best to be in place no later than mid-August.
  • *Participating m2.0 employees receive 30 minutes each week for correspondence and up to 2 hours if during work time hours of approved leave (AP) time to participate in the program.
  • Our mentors are requried to complete one, two hour long training.
  • Employees are required to obtain clearances/background check.

*Please contact mentorpgh@pittsburghpa.gov or (412) 255-2705 with any questions and/or concerns

Partners

Be A Middle School Mentor

 

 

United Way of Allegheny County

 

 

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

 

 

Pittsburgh Public Schools

 

 

Youth Futures Commission

 

 

 

Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh

 

Everybody Wins! USA


 

 

 

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