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Being There Mentoring Program - Sto-Rox Jr. Sr. High School

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ORGANIZATION: Pittsburgh Area Community Schools (PACS)

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Program Description: The Being There Mentoring Program empowers middle school students with essential Social-Emotional Learning skills, fostering their personal and academic growth. This program pairs experienced mentors with middle school students to provide guidance, support, and mentorship. Being There is offered through Pittsburgh Area Community Schools (PACS) at Duquesne K-8, East Allegheny Jr. Sr. High School, and Sto-Rox Jr. Sr. High School.

Mentor Responsibilities: As a mentor in the Being There Mentoring Program, you will play a vital role in guiding and supporting your mentee's personal and emotional development. Your responsibilities will include:

  • Mentorship Relationship: Establishing a trusting and respectful mentor-mentee relationship that promotes open communication and active listening.
  • Goal Setting: Collaborate with your mentee to set and track specific SEL goals tailored to their needs and circumstances.
  • Guidance and Support: Providing guidance on SEL competencies such as self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
  • Positive Role Modeling: Demonstrating SEL skills and behaviors as a positive role model for your mentee.

Eligibility Requirements: To become a mentor in the Being Mentor Mentoring Program, you should meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Experience: All mentors must be 18 or older and have a high school diploma or equivalent education.
  • Intake Process: All mentors must complete our intake process, which includes an interview, PA Act 33/34 clearances, reference checks, and mentor training.
  • Availability: Willingness to commit 1 hour a week to mentoring sessions. Mentoring sessions take place once a week at the school.

Benefits for Mentors: As a mentor in the Middle School SEL Mentorship Program, you will gain numerous benefits, including:

  • Personal Growth: Enhance your SEL skills and personal development as you guide and support your mentees.
  • Fulfillment: The satisfaction of positively impacting middle school students' lives, contributing to their emotional well-being and academic success.
  • Skill Development: Improve your mentoring, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • Networking: Connect with other mentors and professionals from various career fields.
  • Community Engagement: Be part of a program that fosters a sense of community and social responsibility.
  • Training and Development: Access to training and resources to further enhance your mentoring capabilities.
  • References and Recognition: Receive references and recognition for your contributions to the program and community.

Join our Being There Mentoring Program and become a mentor who empowers the next generation with the vital skills they need to thrive.

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About Pittsburgh Area Community Schools (PACS)


3840 S. Water St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, US

Mission Statement

Pittsburgh Area Community Schools (PACS) is a private, non-profit dropout prevention organization. PACS Mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. We achieve our mission through working in public schools, facilitating after-school programs, and through CIS-operated, state-approved non-traditional alternative educational academies. CIS believes that every child needs and deserves the five basics: 1. A personal one-on-one relationship with a caring adult 2. A safe place to learn and grow 3. A healthy start and a healthy future 4. A marketable skill to use upon graduation 5. A chance to give back to peers and the community.


PACS serves approximately 1,000 educationally at-risk students each year in the following programs:
In School Programs - Connections.
PACS provides the link between schools and the community by placing a full-time coordinator in a school to provide integrated student services, bringing caring volunteer resources into the schools to address children’s unmet needs. Results:

  • PACS coordinated over 1100 volunteer hours and worked with over 150 partnering businesses and organizations to serve 1,500 students last year.
  • Of the PACS tracked students, 74% maintained or improved their academic achievement and 92% improved their attendance.

After-school and Summer Programs. Results:

  • 53% of the students in PACS after-school programs improved school attendance
  • 43% of the students participating improved regular school day attendance by 90%
  • 60% of the students participating improved their math grades
  • 57% of the students participating improved their reading grades


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


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1105 Valley StreetMcKees Rocks, PA 15136



  • General Education
  • Mentoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors meet with their mentees weekly for 45 minutes during facilitated mentoring sessions. Mentoring takes place October - May.

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