Dear City of Pittsburgh employee:
Pittsburgh’s future is in the hands of its youth. It was with this belief that I co-founded the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program, and continue to work hand-in-hand with Pittsburgh schools to improve educational outcomes for students.
Building on this success, I am proud to announce the Mayor’s Mentoring Initiative, a new program enabling City of Pittsburgh employees to receive up to two hours of administrative leave per week to serve as mentors to Pittsburgh’s young people.
Through this initiative, the City will be partnering with the Be A 6th Grade Mentor project, the largest mentoring initiative in our region’s history. Initiated by the leadership of the Youth Futures Commission and developed through the collaboration of United Way of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Be A 6th Grade Mentor is a unique opportunity for adults with work experience to influence a young person’s life.
Simply by sharing your time, you can make a tremendous impact. In a recent survey of mentoring relationships, mentored youth were shown to have better school attendance, a better chance of going on to higher education, and better attitudes towards school. In addition, mentoring appeared to help prevent substance abuse and reduce negative youth behaviors.
If you have any further questions, please call 412-255-4765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that you choose to take advantage of this exciting new opportunity to support our youth and the future of Pittsburgh!
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