January is National Mentoring Month and today, Jan. 11, is “I Am A Mentor Day.” Today, mentors celebrate their dedication to influencing and inspiring young people while encouraging their peers to follow in their footsteps.
Last March, I launched the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative in partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County’s Be a 6th Grade Mentor program. The initiative was the City’s first-ever employee volunteer program and I’m proud to say that many staff members have become mentors at City of Pittsburgh middle schools. I, too, am a mentor at Pittsburgh Allegheny 6-8 and enjoy spending time with my mentee. Mentoring alongside nearly 60 other City employees has been a truly rewarding experience.
Today I encourage our residents to consider becoming a young person’s mentor. Simply by sharing your time, you can make a tremendous difference in the life of a child. In a recent study of mentoring relationships, mentored youths were shown to get better grades, be less likely to get involved with drugs and be 86% more likely to go to college.
More than 24,000 people currently mentor in the Pittsburgh region, but there are thousands more children who could benefit from your support. Volunteering through the Be A 6th Grade Mentor Program is a great opportunity to help a child in need. You can also "Be One in a Million" and help recruit 4,000 volunteer readers, tutors and mentors in Allegheny County.
For mentoring opportunities, please check out the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania and help us provide Pittsburgh’s youth with the encouraging, caring mentoring support they deserve.
I am a mentor because I believe Pittsburgh’s future is in the hands of its youth. To share why you mentor, please visit the City of Pittsburgh’s Facebook page and comment on the I Am A Mentor Day wall post.
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