So many ways to get started
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
The Hillman Foundation
The UPS Foundation
Arbonne Charitable Foundation
The Pittsburgh Foundation