(PITTSBURGH) June 13, 2012 Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today announced a new opportunity for City employees to mentor early elementary school students through the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative, one of Ravenstahl’s seven signature servePGH initiatives that engage residents in addressing City challenges. The new program, Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh's Everybody Wins! enables City employees to spend their lunch hour reading to first through third grade Pittsburgh Public School students. This program is in addition to the successful partnership with the United Way of Allegheny County’s Be a 6th Grade Mentor, launched in March 2011, through which the Mayor and over 50 City employees have mentored local middle school students each week of the 2011-2012 school year.
“By supporting our City’s young residents during critical transition points, we can help them create bright futures for themselves and for Pittsburgh,” Ravenstahl said. “I am very proud of the 50 City employees who have joined me in mentoring students so far and I hope that even more will join us next year. In fact, I encourage all Pittsburgh residents to consider mentoring a local student.”
Last week, Ravenstahl signed an executive order that expanded his Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative to include a partnership with Everybody Wins!, an elementary literacy mentoring program managed locally by Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh. Driven by the idea that students learn to read up to third grade, the program matches caring adults with young students for weekly lunchtime reading.
City of Pittsburgh employees have been enthusiastic about joining Mayor Ravenstahl in supporting local middle school students. In its first year, the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative has become the number one employer of the United Way of Allegheny County’s Be a 6th Grade Mentor volunteers. This past March, the City of Pittsburgh received a Good Neighbor Award from the United Way for its commitment to workplace volunteerism.
City employees can apply to mentor during the 2012-2013 school year by visiting pittsburghpa.gov/mentor or contacting the Office of Service & Civic Engagement at 412-255-2280 or email@example.com. Non-City employees are also encouraged to mentor with Be a 6th Grade Mentor and Everybody Wins! To find out more, visit unitedwaypittsburgh.org and rifpittsburgh.org.
The City of Pittsburgh is thankful to the Corporation for National & Community Service for its dedication of AmeriCorps VISTA resources to servePGH.
ABOUT AMERICORPS VISTA
The Mayor's Mentoring Initiative is supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service and AmeriCorps VISTA. AmeriCorps VISTA members commit to serve full-time for a year at a nonprofit organization or local government agency, working to fight illiteracy, improve health services, create businesses, and strengthen community groups, with the ultimate goal to eliminate poverty in the United States. In Pennsylvania, there are currently over 200 VISTAs serving on 30 projects.
Mayor's Office of Service and Civic Engagement
512 City County Building | 414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
telephone: 412-255-2280 | facsimile 412-255-2988