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United Way of Southwestern PA

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January is National Mentoring Month! We are looking to recruit 100+ new mentors thru January 31, 2019. Won't you consider giving of your time and talent (1 hr/week) and become a mentor with United Way's Be A Middle School Mentor (BAMSM)? You could be the one to have a positive and lasting influence on our local middle school youth.

Did you know that 55% of mentees that participate with BAMSM are more likely to enroll in college than their peers? In addition, 80% of BAMSM mentees have a 90% attendance rate and 80% of participants have maintained or increased their math and reading grades in the last year. Based on these statistics, BAMSM participation will help propel these middle school students forward and on the path to become Pittsburgh Promise eligible as they transition to high school and beyond.

Launched in 2009, United Way’s Be A Middle School Mentor (BAMSM) is one of the largest mentoring initiatives in Allegheny County. BAMSM targets the critical middle school years as transition years in which 40-60% of students begin to lose interest in education. Mentoring is proven to produce positive outcomes for youth in areas of Attendance, Behavior and Course Completion (the ABC's of success). BAMSM mentors meet with their mentees for 45 minutes to one hour per week between October and May at their chosen school site. Each mentoring match explores careers and future aspirations, helps build character, prepares for high school transition, emphasizes daily attendance, and develops a plan to achieve academic success.

United Way’s BAMSM initiative is in partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and six mentoring agency partners (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Communities In Schools, Higher Achievement, Mt. Ararat Community Activity Center, The Consortium for Public Education, and Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh).

Be A Middle School Mentor is a great way for adults to positively impact the life of a middle school student. If you feel this may be of interest to you, please reach out for more details on this highly successful and impactful mentoring initiative.

Please consider giving of your time and talent to help guide, inspire and propel our local youth to a bright future!

Thank You,

Damon Bethea, Mentor Project Director


Kathy Rodriguez, Mentor Recruitment


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Children & Youth Community Education & Literacy


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Multiple locations throughout Allegheny CountyPittsburgh, PA 15230



  • Child Development
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services
  • Community Outreach


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  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour per week from mid-Oct. thru mid-May
  • Online application, one time training session, updated clearances, brief interview

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