Mayors Mentoring Initiative

Mayor's Mentoring Initiative

Message from Human Resources & Civil Service

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 or (412) 255-2710.

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

MMI, Human Resources & Civil Service

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