August 2023 Mentoring News


Training for Programs

Introduction to TMP Services & Elements of Effective Practice

Wednesday, August 16, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

This informational session is intended to introduce mentoring programs to the technical assistance, training, and network services provided by The Mentoring Partnership. The foundation of our services is based on the six Elements of Effective Practice, a collection of research-informed practices for youth mentoring programs. You will learn those elements as part of this session. Attending this training is also the first step in the Quality Coaching process. Sessions are currently being done virtually. You must be registered to attend. Registration will close 2 days before the scheduled session. Click here to register!

Training for Mentors and Mentees

Virtual Mentoring 101 Training

Saturday, August 12, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 23, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

This interactive training program provides participants with an introduction to mentoring and what to expect as a mentor. Topics like the "mentoring lifecycle," communication skills, establishing boundaries, and appreciating diversity will make it easier for mentors to navigate relationships with their mentees. This training is appropriate to introduce new volunteers to the field of mentoring and to refresh current mentors on best practices. Registration will close once the training is full or 2 days before the scheduled session. Click here to register!


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Friday, August 25, 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders in youth. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to children and adolescents (ages 6-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care. First Aiders will complete a 2-hour, self-paced online class, and then participate in a 6-hour, Instructor-led videoconference. This training is suitable for any adult working with youth. Space is limited. Registration will close once the training is full or on Monday, August 14, 2023! Click here to register!

Program Development

Programs: Help Us Make This Year's Magic The Best Yet!

TMP is excited to bring our biennial Magic of Mentoring event back to Acrisure Stadium on October 10th. There are a variety of ways mentoring programs can plug into the festivities and help us make this year's event the most magical yet! Click here to learn more about ways your program can get involved. If you're an active program in our network, you can also click here to request your two FREE tickets to the event. We're looking forward to celebrating with you in October!

Community News

Join TMP for Mentoring Day at Acrisure Stadium

Saturday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.

Join TMP for Mentoring Day at Acrisure Stadium as we celebrate the new school year and cheer the Steelers to victory as they take on the Buffalo Bills! We have a limited amount of complimentary tickets that we'd like to give to mentoring supporters like you. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to request tickets to this exciting game and help us fill the stand with mentoring supporters. 


Honorees for Magic of Mentoring 2023

Tuesday, October 10, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

TMP is proud to announce the honorees for this year's Magic of Mentoring: 

Thieman Award Honoree: The CNX Mentorship Academy Founded by Nick Deluliis
Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney Champion of Mentoring Honoree: Cameron Heyward
Magic of Mentoring Program Honoree: Consortium for Public Education
We are excited to honor these exemplary individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to championing strong relationships for all young people in our region and we hope you'll join us for the celebration! Click here to purchase a General Admission Ticket or a Host Committee Ticket Package. 


Volunteer Soccer Coaches Need for Fall 2023

Open Field is partnering with the Elliot West-End Athletic Association to form a community league. Volunteers will work with Open Field youth (from Crafton Heights and Northview) and West End youth ages 9 - 14. Volunteers must attend the required trainings and commit to two evenings a week. For more information or to sign up, contact Chloe at


Big Brothers Big Sisters Virtual Informational Sessions 

April 27, 2023 - August 23, 2023

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Pittsburgh will be hosting various virtual informational sessions through the summer. Each session is a 30-minute presentation. Be sure to mark the following dates and times in your calendar:

August 8 at 6:00 p.m.
August 23 at 12:00 p.m.
Visit to learn more and register!


2023 Moonshot Grant Applications are Open 

Since 2021, educators across Southwestern PA have been taking small steps and giant leaps toward their preferred future for learning with the help of a Moonshot Grant from Remake Learning. All applicants are required to attend an information session and can apply for up to $70,000. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2023. For more information, visit