July 2023 Mentoring News


Training for Programs

Introduction to TMP Services & Elements of Effective Practice

Wednesday, July 19, 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 Combatting White Saviorism 

Tuesday, July 25, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mentoring relationships and programs have the power to reproduce racial inequity. Mentors and mentoring programs have a moral obligation to do no harm to the youth and families engaged in their mentoring relationships and programs. In this workshop,  participants explore what white saviorism looks like as well as the harmful impact it has on youth. Participants will develop the ability to recognize white saviorism in mentoring relationships and programs and explore concrete strategies to combat its harmful effects. Space is limited. Registration will close once the training is full or 2 days before the scheduled session. Click here to register!

Program Development

There's still time to apply for NO-COST technical assistance!

As you plan for fall programming and the new school year, TMP is here to help! Get in touch with us today about applying for no-cost technical assistance! Find out more on our website, and contact Ashley Wineland at awineland@ mentoringpittsburgh.org to start discussing how we can best support you and your work.


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

Disability Inclusion Month

Did you know that over three million youth in America are living with a disability? According to research, this population accounts for a sizable portion of the young people enrolled in our country’s mentoring programs. This July, in honor of the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we are celebrating Disability Inclusion Month and calling attention to the ways in which programs, both those working exclusively with youth with disabilities and those serving all youth, can offer accessible opportunities, services, and support. Visit MENTOR's Celebrating Disability Inclusion webpage to learn how mentoring can, and should, fit into efforts to support and empower youth with disabilities! 


Partners for Youth with Disabilities & GEICO Changemaker Scholarship 

Partners for Youth with Disabilities is partnering with GEICO to award twelve young adults with disabilities the GEICO Changemaker Scholarship to support them in furthering their education goals. Selected scholars are undergraduate students with disabilities who have shown exemplary leadership experience and represent the fields of Business, Finance, Mathematics, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and/or Marketing. Click here to learn more or apply!


Mental Health America's BIPOC Mental Health Toolkit

July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. This year, MHA's theme is Culture, Community, & Connection. Their 2023 BIPOC Mental Health Toolkit provides free, practical resources, including information about how an individual's culture and community impact their mental health, tips for community advocacy, and ways to build connections with others. In this toolkit, you can find factsheets, worksheets, resources, sample messages, sample images, posters, and more. Click here to learn more and download the toolkit. 


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:

July 11 at 12:00 p.m.
July 26 at 6:00 p.m.
August 8 at 6:00 p.m.
August 23 at 12:00 p.m.
Visit bbbspgh.org/infosession  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 remakelearning.org/grants.