February 2020
  • Check out the new format for our e-news!  You'll see just headlines below.  Want to read the full story?  Click on the title and it'll magically transport you to the entire text!

  • Sign up for our February LENS meeting on telling your story with data...it's going to be a good one!

  • Support mentoring and show someone you care!  Make a donation to TMP between now and Valentine's Day and we'll send a valentine on your behalf.  xoxo
Make a Donation & Send a Valentine
Wednesday, February 12th from 9:30 -11:30 a.m.

Monday, February 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 14th from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

The Full Scoop

Training for Programs

February LENS Meeting: Telling Your Story with Data

Wednesday, February 12th from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The Hill House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

1835 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

What types of data do you collect at your nonprofit? Does your data help you tell your organization's story, apply for funding, or improve your programs? This session will cover the wide variety of data nonprofits can collect, ranging from demographic data to arts-based data and other qualitative information using examples from Strong Women, Strong Girls. We’ll then discuss some of the different ways you can effectively use data to tell your story to internal and external stakeholders. There will be an opportunity to think through what works best for your organization's mission and capacity and a chance to ask your questions about this whole data thing.

Rachel Vinciguerra is the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager at Strong Women, Strong Girls Pittsburgh. Her background is in social work and international development and she has 6 years of experience with local and international nonprofits on program planning, evaluation, and how to tell compelling stories with data.  Click here to register!

***TMP is currently planning some exciting content for this year’s LENS meetings so keep an eye out for these workshops on our website. If you have any burning topics you are hoping to learn more about, please email our Director of Programs, Michelle Thomas mthomas@mentoringpittsburgh.org.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Monday, February 17th from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Hill House, 2nd Floor Conference Room

1835 Centre Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour, public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

This training is suitable for any adult working with youth. Refreshments will be available.  Space is limited…click here to register. 

Introduction to TMP Services and 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

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

"Assistance was perfectly tailored to our request and will go far to improve our mentor training.”

In 2019, TMP offered over 600 hours of technical assistance to programs and organizations that covered topics and issues related to training, recruitment, program evaluation, logic model and program development, and many others.

In this new year, continue your commitment to quality mentoring by reaching out to TMP do discuss how we can best support you and your work through NMRC technical assistance.

We look forward to hearing from you! Contact Ashley Wineland at awineland@mentoringpittsburgh.org or Michelle Thomas at mthomas@mentoringpittsburgh.org for more information.

Free Webinar Series: Easy Steps to Make Your Nonprofit More Welcoming and Accessible to People with Disabilities

About 1 in 4 American adults has a disability that affects a major part of life. Many nonprofit organizations and foundations want their programs and services to be accessible to people with disabilities but aren't sure how to make improvements. FISA Foundation and The Heinz Endowments are pleased to partner with Bender Consulting Services to offer a series of short webinars, free of charge, to address common accessibility issues.  Click here to learn more about upcoming webinars!  

VisionBook Resource for Young People
Help your mentee/young person discover what they are naturally good at, what they love and what they value. Then, help them create a vision of what’s possible for their future and how to make a plan to realize that vision. The VisionBook process can be done in a group with peers and also one-on-one between mentors and mentees.  Click here for more info!  

Community News

Make a Donation and We’ll Send a Valentine On Your Behalf!

Show your love to the people who have made a difference in your life. Whether it's a friend, teacher, colleague or family member, we've all had people who are there for us or who have influenced us in positive ways. Let these people know you care!

Make a donation to TMP between now and Valentine's Day and we'll send (either by mail or e-mail!) a valentine on your behalf. Spreading the love and supporting mentoring for the next generation...it's a win-win this Valentine's Day!  Click here to support mentoring!  

Remake Learning Days 2020

Remake Learning Days is scheduled for May 7th through the 17th.  While May flowers might seem like a long way off, there’s plenty you can do now to get ready for Remake Learning Days!  To start, consider hosting an event during that time.  Click here to learn more and submit your event to the Remake Learning calendar. 

Mood and Brain Circuitry in Adolescence Research Study

Researchers at Pitt are currently looking for adolescents to participate in a study to learn about brain and behavior changes with varying mood states. This study does not involve any treatments or medications. Compensation will be provided and participation involves several things, including interviews, questionnaires and at-home assessments. For more details, or to see if your child is eligible, call 412-624-8121 or email mbastudy@pitt.edu.

PUMP Kickball for a Cause Now Accepting Nonprofit Nominations

On August 8, 2020, PUMP will host its annual Kickball for a Cause at Mellon Park and bring together 600+ young people, ages 21+, for a day of kickball, fundraising, picknicking and fun.

Now is the time to submit your nonprofit to be a beneficiary of this annual event.  Click here to nominate an organization (self-nominations are encouraged)!  Deadline to submit a nomination is February 9th

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