September 2023 Mentoring News


Training for Programs

Introduction to TMP Services & Elements of Effective Practice

Wednesday, September 20, 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, September 9, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, September 27, 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!

Program Development

Get Ready for the 2023-2024 NMRC Grant Cycle!

The 2023-2024 NMRC Grant Cycle starts in October so mark your calendars! Through the NMRC, our experienced technical assistance providers are able to provide programs and youth-serving organizations with no-cost support. Whether you want help creating an onboarding and training plan for volunteers, developing processes for collecting feedback and data from your participants, or want some professional development support to help your staff learn tangible ways to be more mentor-like to the youth you serve. We can help! Contact Ashley Wineland at to learn more and apply.


Programs that Work: A Summit for Supporting Youth Thriving through Resilience and Healing in the Context of Community Violence

Friday, September 22, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Join sponsors, UPMC Health Plan and Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, for Programs that Work: A Summit for Supporting Youth Thriving through Resilience and Healing in the Context of Community Violence. This event is offered at no cost and is best suited for community-based agencies and individuals in select geographic areas who have the consistent presence, recognition, and trust of the community for engagement with children, youth, and adults through their daily activities. Additionally, TMP's Executive Director Colleen Fedor, will be speaking and leading the presentation "Relationships - A Critical Protective Factor." Interested in attending? Click here to register! 

Community News

Help Make October 10th the Most Magical Day of the Year! 

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

The Magic of Mentoring, held every other year, celebrates mentoring in Western Pennsylvania and honors the many programs, mentors and supporters who make it all happen for more than 20,000 kids in our region. Check out all all the ways you can help us make this year's event the most magical day of the year:

Purchase a ticket
Join the Host Committee
Become a Sponsor
Donate a Silent Auction Item
Programs: Request Your Free Tickets and Share Photos of Your Program in Action by sending them to Kristan at

Nominations Open for the Pittsburgh Steelers' 2023-24 All-Peer Team

TMP is teaming up with The Pittsburgh Steelers and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to build the second annual Steelers All-Peer Team featuring 11 high school football players from around the region who go above and beyond in providing mentor-like support for their teammates and other peers. Winners will celebrate during an on-field ceremony at a Steelers home game later this season and will also receive a $1,000 donation to their school’s athletic program. Know someone who might be a good fit? Click here to nominate one or more a student athletes! Click here to hear what Defensive Tackle, Cameron Heyward, has to say about this amazing opportunity.  


Mentor Chat is Back! 

Season 5 is here! Do you ever wonder how you can be a better mentor or caring adult to young people? Join Ashley & Sophia this season to talk about the Becoming a Better Mentor Guide: Strategies to Be There for Young People! You'll hear from special guests, learn real-life tips, and more! The first episode comes out on September 15th so check it out on our website or search "Mentor Chat" on all major podcast listening platforms.


Mentoring Day at Acrisure Stadium Recap

On Saturday, August 19th, people from all around Western PA gathered on the North Shore to celebrate the 2nd annual Mentoring Day at Acrisure Stadium. Thanks to the generosity of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Steelers' season ticket holders, TMP hosted more than 500 mentoring programs, mentors, and mentees. It was a great evening for mentoring champions and supporters to celebrate the start of a new school year. It was also a great start to the upcoming football season – the Steelers beat the Buffalo Bills 27-15! Click here to view the photos from the game!


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