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Donations provide training for volunteer mentors who can then be matched with local youth in need of positive role models

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100% of donations go directly to The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA. All donations up to $500 will be matched by an anonymous donor. Donations are automatically applied. Must provide full name at checkout. See Grassroots FAQs that apply to this campaign. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Issue: Pittsburgh Youth in Need of Qualified Mentors

For youth, there are numerous benefits of a mentorship relationship with a caring, qualified adult, such as less drug and alcohol use, improved confidence and communication skills, and a better chance of going on to higher education, as reported in a study released by Mentoring in America. More than 20,000 youth are currently enrolled in local mentoring programs in Pittsburgh. However, nearly 1,000 remain on formal waitlists because there are not enough mentors to fill the need, according to data furnished by The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA. By training more qualified mentors, the community can ensure that each child on the waitlist has a chance to benefit from a mentor-mentee relationship.

The Campaign: Training Mentors for Pittsburgh Youth

All donations to this Grassroots campaign up to $500 with be matched by an anonymous donor and used by The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA (MPSWPA) to train mentors for children in the Pittsburgh area who are participating in local mentorship programs. For every $500 raised, MPSWPA can train and prepare 15 new volunteer mentors.

All donations will be matched up to a $500 total by an anonymous donor.

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA (MPSWPA) recruits, trains, and prepares volunteers to make positive impacts on local youth through a network of 146 local mentoring programs. The partnership’s education curriculum covers topics that are vital to the mentor-mentee relationship, such as communication skills, cultural diversity, and setting boundaries, so that mentors can offer the best support possible to the youth they're paired with. Annually, more than 1,400 mentors complete the training process and go on to connect with local youth through programs such as the Promise Coaches campaign, which helps local high-school students graduate. Additionally, the MPSWPA consults with mentoring programs to streamline their processes and improve results.

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