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 "When you drop in, fewer kids drop out."

Share your knowledge, time and work experience with a kid and you'll both gain something important along the way. Join the biggest mentoring project in the region's history and show our local kids that anything's possible when they know the education and career opportunities that await.

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About Be a 6th
Grade Mentor
Be a mentor at the school for an hour a week and not only will a child gain critical real-world experience, you'll see the joy that comes with making a difference.
  • Kids with mentors:
  • - get better grades
  • - are less likely to get involved with drugs
  • - are 86% more likely to go to college

      You already have what you need:
  • - a positive attitude
  • - experiences to share
  • - a big heart and sense of humor

Training is provided
Mentors routinely report they "get more than they give."
Why 6th Graders?
6th graders are at a crossroads, so this pilot program is designed to help those in Pittsburgh Public Schools understand how many options they have when they stay in school and involved.
No longer "little kids" and not yet teens, 6th graders are faced with a world of decisions. Research proves that mentors can influence good choices. Like staying focused in school. And staying out of trouble. And making plans for the future, including college and a career.
Many 6th graders view the world through a lens the size of their daily lives. By exposing students to people and careers beyond their everyday experiences, they're open to a broader range of opportunities for their own futures.
Learn more about the positive effects of school-based mentoring here.
The Pittsburgh Career & Education Mentoring Project
Kids with mentors are more likely to succeed in life.
This simple truth is inspiring Be a 6th Grade Mentor, the largest mentoring initiative in our region's history.
Our dream is for all students to have caring adults who help them develop career aspirations that propel them toward academic proficiency and ultimately success in careers and life. The Pittsburgh Career and Education Mentoring Project is the first step in achieving this dream.
A project of United Way of Allegheny County, in collaboration with the Youth Futures Commission, Pittsburgh Public Schools and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania, this ambitious initiative counts of the recruitment of hundreds of mentors, Western Pennsylvanians from all walks of life, representing all kinds of careers, to spend time with local students. By meeting with a 6th grade student at school, for just an hour a week, mentors are exposing students to a world of possibilities. And by volunteering time in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, we're letting kids know that they've got a future. For staying in school. For going to college. For having a career. For having a successful life.
Partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools
To pilot this program, Be a 6th Grade Mentor is in eight local middle schools.

Click on each to learn more.
  • Call

  • Write

  • Be a 6th Grade Mentor
  • c/o United Way of Allegheny County
  • 1250 Penn Avenue
  • P.O. Box 735
  • Pittsburgh, PA 15230-0735



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