A Mentor is...
A supporter, coach, role model, companion, resource for new ideas and opportunities and someone a scholar can talk with
A Mentor is not...
A social worker, parent, peer, super hero, parole officer, source of money or a solution to all problems
Mentoring can have several positive outcomes, including:
- Higher academic results
- Preventing risky behavior
- Enhanced social and emotional development
- Career exploration
Mentors support scholars by:
- Building a positive personal relationship
- Helping develop life skills
- Sharing experiences
- Providing emotional support
- Learning and having fun
The Girls Hope Mentoring Program supports positive, structured relationships that bring a young person together with a caring, professional individual who volunteers their time to offer guidance, trust, support and encouragement aimed at developing the competence and character of the scholar. Mentors are asked to commit to 4 hours per month for a minimum of one year. (very flexible!)
The goal of the Girls Hope Mentoring Program is for each scholar to develop a one-on-one relationship with an adult who inspires, teaches, supports and guides them as they navigate through adolescence. Mentors support the Girls Hope mission by helping scholars flourish and make positive choices, as well as providing encouragement and enrichment.
After the application and screening process are complete, Girls Hope Mentors are matched with a scholar based on one or more of the following: career interest, hobby and leisure activities, personality traits or other similarities
About Girls Hope of Pittsburgh
Girls Hope provides a well-balanced, nurturing home and quality education through college for academically capable girls. We serve children between the ages of 10-18 who are at risk due to poverty, neglect or harmful neighborhood conditions.
We give girls a foundation for success by addressing their basic needs and providing enriching opportunities that build confidence and self-esteem. Our focus on academic achievement through college creates a strong foundation that builds a future of hope and opportunity for our girls. Our full-time house parents and other staff serve as role models by providing guidance, discipline and love, instilling values, and encouraging respect and compassion.
Founded in 1990, we were the first Girls Hope established in the U.S. and a model for developing other Girls Hope programs across the nation. We provide two stable, family-like homes, each accommodating eight full-time residents, while also serving as a home base for several Girls Hope college students.
- Child Development
- Child Care
- Life Coaching
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- 4 hours per month