March 2020
  • Check out our upcoming LENS Meetings on two very important topics: Risk Management and Trauma-Informed Mentoring.
  • The 2020 Census is coming and we want to ensure all kids are counted...learn more about how you can help.
  • Save the date for our April Mentoring Mixer at Wigle Whiskey!
  • Watch Pittsburgh Pens' forward Jake Guentzel sound off on mentoring!

March LENS Meeting: Risk Management & Mentoring

Wednesday, March 18th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

April LENS Meeting: Trauma-Informed Mentor Training

Wednesday, April 22nd from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 18th from 2-4 p.m.
Saturday, March 7th from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 14th from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 
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Training for Programs

March LENS Topic: Risk Management & Mentoring
Wednesday March 18th


Having a Risk Management Plan is important for mentoring organizations as it helps to minimize the potential for risk as well as the impact of actual incidents. Do you have a written plan regarding how your program responds to risk associated with running a mentoring program? If you answered no, or you are looking to refine your plan, please join us to discuss this important topic! Todd Whiteman, Vice President of Enscoe Long Insurance Group will be leading this session. To learn more or to register, please click here.

April LENS Topic: Trauma-Informed Mentor Training

Wednesday, April 22nd


Please join us for our newly released Trauma Informed Mentoring Training! This training was designed to help mentoring program staff and mentors understand the potential impacts of trauma on young people and what they can do to support mentees' healing and recovery. Click here to register.

Introduction to TMP Services and the Elements of Effective Practice

Wednesday, February 19th, 2-4 p.m.

This informational session is intended to introduce mentoring programs to the technical assistance, training and networking 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, and you will learn those elements as part of this session. Attending this training is also the first step in the Quality Coaching process. Click here to register.

Training for Mentors and Mentees

The Essentials Training: A Curriculum for People Who Mentor Black and Latino Young Men and Boys

Saturday, March 7th, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch will be served

1901 Centre Avenue, Suite 205, Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Join us for this workshop that focuses intentionally on mentoring Black and Latino young men and boys. The guiding purpose of the training is to go one step beyond “cultural competence” and strengthen practices of those who mentor Black and Latino young men and boys, incorporating voices from practitioners and researchers.

To learn more about the training objectives and register, click here. Space is limited!

Mentoring 101

Saturday, March 14th, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at One Hope Square, Suite 205

This interactive training program provides participants with an introduction to mentoring and what to expect as a mentor. Topics like the "mentoring life cycle," 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. Click here to register.

Program Development

2020 Census: Encourage Families to Be Counted!

An accurate count during this year's Census provides a fair share of funding for our schools and our kids. Ensure that all our kids are counted this spring in the 2020 Census!

Important dates:

March 12-20: Households will begin receiving official Census Bureau mail with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone, or by mail.

April 1: Census Day is observed nationwide. By this date, every home will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Once the invitation arrives, you should respond for your home in one of three ways: online, by phone or by mail. When you respond to the census, you'll tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020.

For more information on how to help, click here.

Community News

Celebrating 25 Years of Mentoring: Save the Date for Our Mentoring Mixer!

Tuesday, April 14th from 5-8 p.m.

Wigle Whiskey Distillery -- 2401 Smallman Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

We've got several fun events in the works to celebrate our 25th anniversary year.  Save the date for our upcoming Mentoring Mixer at Wigle Whiskey's Distillery in the Strip.  More info and registration details coming soon...we hope you'll join us!

In Case You Missed It: #ThankYourMentor Feature with Saleem Ghubril

We're highlighting #ThankYourMentor features all throughout the year.  Check out this one from Saleem Ghubril, Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Promise.

Pittsburgh Penguins' Forward Jake Guentzel on Mentoring

Click here to watch Jake Guentzel sound off on how mentoring has impacted his life both on and off the ice!

Grant Opportunity: Society for Science & the Public's Advocate Program

Apply now for the Society for Science & the Public's Advocate Program, which provides a $3,000 stipend and training to an individual (teacher, scientist, counselor, or mentor) who agrees to serve as an advocate for a minimum of 3 additional underserved students to transition them from conducting scientific or engineering research (science fair-type) projects to completing applications to scientific research competitions. 

For eligibility information and to apply for the Advocate Grant Program, click here. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2020.

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA 
One Hope Square, 1901 Centre Avenue, Suite 205 Pittsburgh, PA 15219