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The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth

Mission: The Mentoring Partnership advances mentoring in Western PA to ignite community involvement, strengthen programs and empower youth to succeed in life.

Results: Over the past 21 years, The Mentoring Partnership has supported tens of thousands of mentoring matches. In 2016, there were nearly 20,000 young people being mentored through 150 local mentoring programs. In addition, thousands of caring adults participated in Everyday Mentoring trainings to support their goal of being more 'mentor-like' when interacting with the youth they know and connect with!

Target demographics: children, under age 18 in the communities of Western Pennsylvania

Direct beneficiaries per year: staff and volunteers from 150 programs; 1900 mentors who received training and the 20,000+ youth (mentees) who are being mentored

Geographic areas served: Western PA

Programs:

We deliver five core services:

  1. Program Development for new mentoring programs
  2. Technical Assistance for existing programs,
  3. Mentor Recruitment - raising awareness of the need for mentors and the many different opportunities to be a mentor locally
  4. Mentor Training - helping new mentors understand their role; with emphasis on communication skills, working with youth, goal setting and where to turn for help. 
  5. Education and Networking  for staff and volunteers of local programs; providing opportunities to share and learn together. 

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've worked with TMP for years and it's been a great relationship. We've learned a lot and gained a lot as well!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania helped us transform our mentoring program. Prior to working with the MPSWPA, we struggled with recruiting mentors, collecting data and measuring the impact of our efforts. Over the years, the MPSWPA reshaped how we messaged our program to the community, implemented evidenced based approaches, collected data and shared our story with stakeholders, funders and the community at large. We became a more effective program as a result of working with the MPSWPA ~ we took the opportunity to document our success, replicate our efforts across the state and support the growth of a program based on our model in Saipan. We've been recognized nationally as an exemplary program. Thanks to the Mentoring Partnership of Western Pennsylvania (the staff, technical assistance, and opportunities for peer sharing) we benefited from an environment where we could learn, grow and flourish.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff at the Mentoring Partnership is caring and committed to helping all kids who need a mentor, find a mentor. Their dedication to assisting area agencies develop and train their staff in best practices is second to none!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have documented the work of the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA for a decade. They hold a special place in the landscape of “helpers.” They do the heavy lifting of finding caring adults and other resources, preparing those adults to serve and connecting them to agencies who directly serve youth. I have witnessed their strategic functions that create opportunities that direct service agencies do not have the resources or relationships to garner. Their wide reach and cooperative spirit give the youth of the region the best possible opportunity to connect with that important adult, who is not the parent, but who helps kids believe in themselves.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Partnership has been a gift for our organization. They have been there to support our staff during the times of our greatest need, and we are grateful to have them in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experiences with TMP , have been very rewarding . I was very inspired by the group of mentors , and , the enthusiasm of the students .Michael M Milch ....(Pgh Pa)

Spradley Paul D.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm very grateful to the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, because of their genuine commitment to the practice of mentoring. This organization has had a tremendous impact on the mentors in the community because of the quality training they provide. I've had the pleasure of attending multiple training sessions and they always bring the latest information for the participants. As a lifelong mentor and advocate of mentoring, I have a profound respect for the standard set by the Mentoring Partnership to ensure the mentees are receiving quality mentoring.

Donor

Rating: 5

This outstandingly-managed organization is celebrating 20 years of service this year -- twenty years of raising awareness about mentoring, supporting high-quality mentoring relationships, and connecting tens of thousands of children and youth with caring adults. Bravo!

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Donor

Rating: 5

For more than 7 years, I have witnessed the staff of the Mentoring Partnership support hundreds of local mentoring programs by providing them with technical assistance and support; by highlighting mentoring as an important community priority; and by connecting mentors and mentees.

3 Dave

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA is an amazing facilitator of mentoring training, programs, and opportunities for individuals and agencies alike. The staff are wonderful, committed individuals who make programs successful for all of their partners.

4 mam

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this organization! I used to a part one of the Mentoring Partnership's partnering organizations. When I began my position as Program Coordinator, their program staff sat down with me and helped me structure my program to best meet the needs of my students. Afterwards, they provided mentor training for my staff and continuing professional development for myself and colleagues. They conduct monthly meetings for community partners and that was where I made the majority of my professional contacts and other community partnerships. They do an incredible job at facilitating conversations between organizations as well as providing services to groups that service students.

3 jpgh

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mentoring Partnership brings youth together with community leaders to build fruitful relationships. The staff is incredibly friendly and knowledgable within the community. If you have an opportunity to work in any capacity with the Mentoring Partnership of SouthWest PA, I wouldn't miss out on it.