Dong and Ally

Dong and Ally

DONG & ALLY

THEIR RELATIONSHIP IS THE DEFINITION OF “EMPOWERING POTENTIAL”.

Although Dong and Ally have only been matched for one-year, their relationship is the definition of “empowering potential”. What makes their bond special is that they were matched during COVID and began their relationship entirely online using technology.

Dong’s family came to the United States from Vietnam when she was only three-years old, determined to make a better life for Dong and her siblings. Attending Pittsburgh Brashear, Dong was referred to BBBSPGH’s mentor2.0 program because her family was not familiar with the education system in the United States and she was struggling to navigate the complexity of high-school and prepare for post-secondary schooling.

Aly has been Dong’s ultimate cheerleader — helping her believe in herself and that her future does not have to be defined by her past. With Aly’s encouragement and support, she took a rigorous load of AP classes during her senior year, joined the school’s tennis team, became a member of Brashear’s National Honor Society, and learned to build positive relationships with her peers and teachers, seeking out new challenges and opportunities. In every conversation between this match, Aly helped Dong develop her strengths and passions, and pushed her to use them to make positive changes in her own life and in her community. Dong and Aly are continuing in our newly launched mentor2.0 post-secondary school program that is following the chosen career/employment paths of ten Pittsburgh Brashear students who graduated from the program in 2021.

Aly and Dong met in-person for the first time on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, where Dong will begin pursing her engineering degree this Fall. Beginning this Fall, we know that what started out as a “virtual” mentorship will continue into a life-long friendship!

Dong and Ally