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United Way of Southwestern PA

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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. BAMSM 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.

Give 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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About United Way of Southwestern PA


1250 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, US

Mission Statement

United Way of Southwestern PAis a change agent and efficient community fundraiser that improves lives by addressing critical community needs.


By convening diverse partners and investing in programs and people to advance solutions, United Way creates long-lasting change and helps children and youth succeed, strengthens and supports families by promoting financial stability, ensures the safety and well-being of vulnerable seniors, and provides county-wide access to information and referral sources meeting basic needs.


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Multiple locations throughout Allegheny CountyPittsburgh, PA 15230



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


  • Group


  • 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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