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PROMISE COACHES

Promise Coaches Campaign

Promise Coaches

Keep Pittsburgh Youth in the Graduation Game! 

The Promise Coaches Campaign aims to increase the number of graduating students who are Pittsburgh Promise eligible and promote a culture of higher education in the City of Pittsburgh. 

Our Mission

The Promise Coaches Campaign aims to equip and empower adults in the City of Pittsburgh to help all youth earn a high school diploma and succeed in higher education and careers.

Our Vision

All Pittsburgh youth will have at least one supportive, knowledgeable adult who can coach them to achieve their academic and career goals.

Our History

The Promise Coaches Campaign began in early 2013 and drew its inspiration from the Graduation Coaches Campaign of Philadelphia. We were established through support from The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Pittsburgh Promise and additional campaign partners and community organizations. 

Become a Promise Coach Today!

Getting started as a Promise Coach is fun and easy! Give us 90 minutes, and we can show you what it takes to be the driving force in the lives of Pittsburgh’s students as they strive for academic success!

To sign up for a Promise Coaches training, or to learn how to host a Promise Coaches training at your organization:

Promise Coach training is facilitated by our training partner, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Becoming a Promise Coach

Become a Promise Coach Today!

Becoming a Promise Coach is simple, and only requires one 90-minute training!  Promise Coaches are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. You can be a family member, a neighbor, a teacher, or a friend of the student. All you need is the passion to help young people realize their potential and the commitment to follow through.

By hosting a Promise Coaches training you can ensure that the members of your organization are equipped with the tools they need to coach the young people in your neighborhood on to academic success.

By joining the Promise Coaches Campaign you and your organization can make a positive difference in the lives of Pittsburgh youth and ensure they are on the road to educational and career success.

What Will I Learn During the Promise Coaches Training?

During Promise Coaches trainings, volunteers will learn how to engage in constructive conversations with young people and how to access resources such as graduation requirements and FAFSA information.

As a Promise Coach you can be the positive role model in a young person's life as they achieve their educational goals.

All Promise Coaches Pledge to:

  • Support Pittsburgh's youth through high school graduation while exposing them to college and career options.
  • Promote a college-going culture in Pittsburgh.
  • Help youth recognize and develop key skills and strengths necessary for academic success.
  • Stress to young people what educational success can mean for their future and their community’s development.
  • Access a wide range of resources available on the Promise Coaches website in order to become better equipped to support Pittsburgh youths' educational success.
  • Recruit more adults to becoming Promise Coaches.

How Do I Sign Up for a Promise Coaches Training?

To sign up for a Promise Coaches training, or to learn how to host a Promise Coaches training at your organization:

Promise Coaches trainings are facilitated by our training partner, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Promice Coaches Playbook

Practice makes Perfect

Knowing how to bring out the best in students is essential. That's why The Playbook exists. The Promise Coaches Playbook includes strategies and sample conversations to have with your students. Use The Playbook to coach youth through high school and post-secondary education and to keep them on the track for success.

Click here to access a copy of The Promise Coaches Playbook. 

Sign up for a workshop today to learn more about how to best use The Playbook to coach the youth in your life! 

Contact The Mentoring Partnership at info@mentoringpittsburgh.org or 412-281-2535 for more information.

Promise Coaches Resources

The Promise Coaches Campaign is part of a strong team working to support Pittsburgh students as they complete high school and advance on to post-secondary education and careers.

The Promise Coaches Playbook

Please click here to access the Promise Coaches Playbook. The Promise Coaches Playbook includes strategies and sample conversations to have with your young person. Use The Playbook to coach youth through high school and post-secondary education and to keep them on track for success.

Please click the button below for a downloadable document listing many resources to utilize.

Promise Coaches Partners

Campaign Partners

Community Partners

Promise Coaches was developed thanks to grant funding by The Coca Cola Foundation and continued thanks to generous support through our community partnerships with School 2 CareerCatholic Charities Diocese of Pittsburgh, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

Additional Information

Promise Coaches Campaign was informed by material develped by the Philadelphia Graduation Coach Campaign, an initiative of Mayor Michael A. Nutter's Office of Education.