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Become a mentor today.
Imagine helping a student achieve their academic potential. Through mentor2.0, we pair volunteers in one-to-one mentoring relationships with local high school students who share similar backgrounds, experiences, and interests. Mentors become a supportive influence to students as they prepare for high school graduation and post-secondary education.
We are actively seeking volunteers with the following credentials:
º At least 21 years old
Prospective mentors will have the following responsibilities:º Complete application and background checks, enrollment interview, and training
º Support one mentee for at least two school years, but ideally through high school graduation
º Exchange weekly, structured online communications with mentee
º Participate in a two-hour group event one evening per month during the school year at the partnering School(s)
(approx.. 8 evenings per year); a calendar of dates/times will be provided before the school year begins.
Visit https://bbbspgh.imentor.org/ and click the orange “Mentor” button.
The concept is simple:
As part of the core academic curriculum in ninth grade, students (“mentees”) are intentionally paired in one-to-one mentoring relationships (“pairs”) with college-educated volunteers (“mentors”).
The partnering School(s) allocates one class period per week for mentees to learn and engage with the research-based program curriculum. The session is facilitated by a Big Brothers Big Sisters program manager.
Once per week, the mentees compose a 3-4 paragraph email to their mentors based on a series of curriculum-based writing prompts. The mentors use a different set of prompts to compose a response. These exchanges occur over the secure and professionally-monitored iMentor Interactive online platform.
Once per month, the mentees and mentors meet at the School(s) for an in-person “Pair Event.” The two-hour, evening event is an opportunity for pairs to interact, develop their relationships, and apply the curriculum to real-life scenarios.
The mentees and mentors continue to work together, in-person and online, through high school graduation.
We know that college closes the opportunity gap.
We know that every child deserves a college education – regardless of the challenges they face.
We know that mentor2.0 works.
BIG thanks to our generous supporters.
Additional Information and Resources
Please contact Maggie Giel, Program Manager