June 2019
Upcoming Opportunities

Wednesday, June 12th, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location TBD
Come learn and have a discussion about the newly released LGBTQ Supplement to the Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring™ This supplement offers step-by-step operations guidance to develop safer, more affirming, and responsive mentoring relationships for LGBTQQ youth.  You will also hear from programs and individuals who have years of experience in providing programming to LGBTQ youth.  Click here to register.

Thursday & Friday June 27 & 28th 9:00 a.m.-2:00p.m.
Location TBD
Youth Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour, public education program that 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 or running youth programming. Space is limited...click here to register.

Introduction to TMP Services and Elements of Effective Practice
Wednesday, July 17th, 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.
Friday, July 19th
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Are you a youth league, middle school or high school coach? If so, we have a great training that will help you make a deeper impact and build relationships with all of your student-athletes. Save the date for Creating Connections...more details to come!
Welcome new TMP Program Assistant, Ashley Wineland!
Ashley Wineland is a mid-west native from rural Missouri and graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelors in Psychology. She has been located in Pittsburgh for almost 3 years now. She also works at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as a Teen Specialist and is currently enrolled in a Masters of Library Science program at Clarion University. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys reading, cooking competition shows, riding her bike, attending cultural events in the city, and eating any type of Cheeto. 

Ashley is elated to be a part of the team at The Mentoring Partnership and is looking forward to contributing to the great work that the organization already does for programs and people across the city, county, and country. Her first days have been a whirlwind of new information and learning, but the warm welcome and intentional training have made her feel ready to dive in.

I'm sure a lot of Mentoring Program Coordinators can relate to "wearing multiple hats" (i.e. recruiter, match support specialists, evaluator, etc.) in order to keep their program running and to ensure youth have positive mentoring relationships. In wearing multiple hats,  it's important for Mentoring Program Coordinators to have strategies in place to help them avoid burnout so that quality is never compromised.  Check out this blog post to see how one program is tackling tiered levels of support for staff in order to increase program efficiency and to help reduce the possibility of burnout.

The countdown is on for the Magic of Mentoring on October 29th!  Have you purchased your tickets yet?  In addition to tickets, we're also currently building an amazing Host Committee to help us celebrate mentoring and recognize our honorees:

2019 Thieman Award Honoree: Gregg Behr, Executive Director of The Grable Foundation

Inaugural Ambassador Daniel M. Rooney Champion of Mentoring Award Honoree: Bob Nelkin, President and CEO of United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Click here to purchase your Host Committee ticket package, which includes 2 tickets and an exclusive invite to our pre-event Host Committee Reception at the Carnegie Science Center.  Thank you for helping us create the magic!  

TMP is looking for a part-time Marketing Coordinator to join its team!  This person will be responsible for helping to implement a broad range of marketing activities relative to our strategic direction, with the goal of advancing TMP’s organizational mission and driving broader awareness of mentoring within the community.  If you or someone you know is looking for fun and meaningful work in a flexible environment, click here to learn more and apply!

Free Books for Pittsburgh Kids--Register Now for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library

The online registration portal is now open for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library! Families can now enroll any child under the age of 5 who lives within the City limits into the program (must live in City limits and not just have a Pittsburgh mailing address). Within 6-8 weeks of enrollment, children will receive their first book and will continue to receive a high quality developmentally appropriate book every month until they turn 5.

The registration is quick, takes less than a few minutes and can be done either on a computer or mobile device.  Click here to learn more or register!

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