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 underprivileged youth.

Everybody Wins! (EW) is an elementary reading program. Employees read with a child to encourage youth 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.

The mentor2.0 (m2.0) program is an electronic mentoring program that began in the 2015-2016 school year. 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 mentoring with the youth.

For the 2015-2016 school year the MMI had less than 30 volunteers. For the 2016-2017 school year the goal of the MMI is to work towards doubling our volunteer count. 

 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.  

Any employee who is interested or has any questions about the MMI programs and approved paid leave should contact mentorpgh@pittsburghpa.gov or (412) 255-2710.

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

MMI, Personnel & CSC

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.  


William Peduto
Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

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…

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

Everybody Wins! (EW): The Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh's Everybody Wins! Program is an affiliate of Everybody Wins! USA; EW is 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…

  • The recruitment window for EW is rolling, but it is best to sign up over the summer through September in order to be placed with a student.
  • Our mentors are asked to complete one, one-hour long orientation.
  • Employees are required to obtain clearances/background check.
  • 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 with students.
  • Everybody Wins! flyer

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, the m2.0 program will support high-impact mentoring relationships aimed at providing students with the support and guidance needed to succeed throughout high school, college, and in the workforce. The m2.0 prgram maintains the quality mentoring that Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for through one-to-one relationships, providing professional relationship support, and maintaining a focus on safety that benefit of the mentee and mentor. m2.0 expands this relationship 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…

  • The m2.0 recruitment process is rolling but applications are encouraged to be in by August.
  • Our mentors are requried to complete one, two hour long training.
  • Employees are required to obtain clearances/background check.
  • 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.*
  • Mentor 2.0 flyer

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


How to Participate

How to participate in MMI

The application for the 2015-2016 school year can be accessed here

Applications will open for the 2015-2016 school year in late summer of 2015. If you are not a City employee and are interested in serving as a mentor, please check out the Be A Middle School Mentor Program website and the Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh website for more information.

If you have any questions, please call 412-255-2280 or emailmentorpgh@pittsburghpa.gov

MMI Mentor Application

Completed applications must be submitted to the Department of Personnel & Civil Service Commission (CSC) at the following address through interoffice, fax, or email:

Department of Personnel & CSC
414 Grant Street, Room 431
City-County Building
Pittsburgh, PA  15219
Email: mentorpgh@pittsburghpa.gov
Fax: (412) 255-4736

All employees participating in the programs must process there applications through Personnel. Applications submitted directly to the participating program will NOT be approved for paid administrative leave time.

Mentor Applications:

MMI:Help with Clearances

Governor Wolf Announces Fee Waivers for Volunteers Seeking Background Checks

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children. Additionally, the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will be reducing the cost of both the child abuse and criminal history record checks from $10 to $8 for all other applicants. These changes will take effect July 25, 2015.

Please contact your selected program for instructions on what clearances you will need to obtain, and any costs associated with the clearances (some fees may be reimbursed).




MMI Contact Info

If you have any questions regarding the Mayors Mentor’s Initiative, please contact the Department of Personnel & Civil Service Commission through email mentorpgh@pittsburghpa.gov or by calling (412) 255-2705.