Great article in the New York Times on the value of mentors in helping kids be career ready. A more important factor than the school they attend.
Proud to be a Good Neighbor: Smart Futures has received a 2014 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant for its PA eMentoring Program.
The program awards a $500 financial contribution on behalf of each eligable State Farm Associates (active agents, emp
PA eMentoring is lucky to have many State Farm employees who volunteer their time as online career mentors for high school students.loyees, or retirees) who volunteer a minimum of 40 hours a year to an eligable nonprofit organization.
The grant award is $7500 and will be used to help deliver the PA eMentoring program you more youth.
Thank you State Farm!!
Highmark has chosen to feature PA eMentoring during January’s “Mentoring Month.”
As part of its commitment to support PA eMentoring, Highmark with help recruit online mentor volunteers amongst the employees.
To sign up for the best-ever volunteer opportunity for working adults, go to www.pa-ementor.org.
National Mentoring Month was “created in 2002 by the Harvard School of Public Health and MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors, as well as how each of us—individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities and nonprofits—can work together to increase the number of mentors to assure brighter futures for our young people.”
We want to thank all of our PA eMentors for the fantastic work and dedication that they put forth throughout the program. With your volunteerism, we can reach thousands of students who will benefit from guidance around post-secondary education and career planning. We appreciate you sharing your career story with these students and your effort in the PA eMentoring program.
Click here to learn more about National Mentoring month and other ways you can get involved.
To learn more, go to www.pa-ementor.org.
Smart Futures is proud to have partnered with the United Way’s Be One in a Million campaign.
Be 1 in a Million is United Way of Allegheny County’s challenge to improve the educational success of our region’s students by:
- Recruiting and equipping at least 4,000 new Readers, Tutors and Mentors in the next 3 years
- Engaging an ‘Education Champion’ for every student in Allegheny County
- Providing targeted support for 30 struggling schools within Pittsburgh Public Schools and Allegheny County
Volunteers can make the difference in schools that succeed. When volunteers with United Way of Dane County (Madison, Wisconsin) got involved in their schools, the racial achievement gap for third grade reading went from 21 percent to 2 percent, and third grade reading proficiency improved for all students. We can make that kind of difference in Allegheny County, as we join United Way’s movement to recruit 1,000,000 readers, tutors and mentors nationwide.
Together, we can make a difference in our region’s future, one student at a time. And along the way, employees and businesses benefit as well. Think about this:
- Youth with mentors get better grades and are 86% more likely to go to college, while being less likely to get involved with drugs.
- Employees who volunteer through their workplace feel positive about their employer, co-workers and their own physical and emotional health.
- Corporate citizenship enhances a company’s reputation and image, is valued by customers, and helps to recruit and retain employees. By investing in students today, companies build a better work force for tomorrow.
It takes 12 years to create a graduate … or a dropout! You can be the difference as a volunteer, and you can do it in less time than you think. Be 1 in a Million and change a student’s life forever.
And now all PA eMentors are encouraged to take the Be One in a Million Pledge at: www.be1volunteer.org
Sure the usual food drive, clothing and monetary donations are a great way to give back to the community. But what if there was some way that you could give back to the community while simultaneously molding the future of our society?
Look no further! PA eMentoring enables companies to give back to their communities by mentoring high school students from around the area. PA eMenotoring is an innovative and constructive way to benefit the community. Make your mark by getting involved with the mentor program by guiding students through interactive activities and sending encouraging messages and advice that will help them plan their future! Success is not only determined by what you have done for yourself, but also by what you have done for others.
This generation is our future and this is your chance to make a difference and leave your mark on the future of our society. The generation which is ready to embark on their future is sometimes referred to as the “lost generation.” PA eMentoring is one way that your company can help find this “lost generation” and help guide them with career goals in order to brighten their futures.
It only takes 20 minutes a week to make a difference in a student’s life. We encourage you to give back to the community and help this generation make their futures bright!
“Being closely tied to your community can give you a significant sense of yourself.”
Quote from a current PA eMentor
Belle Vernon high school’s 10th grade students in a Personal Finance class are participating in the PA eMentoring program this school year. We had the chance to visit one of the several classes to ask the students and classroom teacher what they thought about PA eMentoring. 70 students have participated thus far and we are anticipating another 120 to begin the program within the next couple of weeks. Here is what they had to say! Belle Vernon high school students talk about PA eMentoring
On Saturday, October 9th our intern from Point Park University, Brittany Glaser represented Smart Futures at the BMLDI Luncheon. The luncheon was held at the August Wilson Center in Downtown Pittsburgh. Brittany teamed up with Chaz Kellem to talk about PA eMentoring. Brittany presented the young BMLDI members with information about the PA eMentoing program and how to become a mentee. There was also a brief segment for the older BMLDI members about becoming an eMentor. Chaz works for the Pittsburgh Pirates and is a mentor for the PA eMentoring program. He talked to the group about his experiences with the program and why it is rewarding for him. Overall, the presentation went really well. The attendants got to take home flyers, welcome pages, and eMentoring notebooks.
Q. What can you do in just 15 minutes a week from your computer? A. Significantly impact a young person’s future
Want a way to give back to a young person but struggle to find the time? A local non-profit Organization, Smart Futures, is offering a volunteer mentoring opportunity to local companies and their employees as a way to give back to the community while helping make kids aware of their organization, their industry, and their careers.
PA eMentoring (www.pa-ementor.org) is partnering with Pennsylvania-based companies to provide high school students with “virtual guidance counselors” and a structured online curriculum to help them do college and career planning in the classroom. The key to the program’s success are the volunteer mentors who offer their time and practical experiences to help provide a “real world” perspective to kids.
“The eMentor volunteers drive the program and their time is valuable,” says David Mosey, a former educator who created the program, “so it’s important that the experience is fun, safe and easy for them.”
Please consider being an eMentor. All occupations within companies are encouraged to participate. Perfect candidates have experience in college or a career, access to a computer, 15 minutes a week to share, and a strong desire to give back.
Learn more and sign up to be an eMentor at www.pa-ementor.org.
In the news: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10087/1045992-109.stm
PA eMentoring is supported by the following corporate partners: Highmark Healthy High Five Foundation, BNY Mellon Foundation, Duquesne Light, UPMC, and American Eagle, and also by The Pittsburgh Foundation, The Grable Foundation, and The Buhl Foundation.
Check out this great write-up about PA eMentoring’s proven positive impact on self-esteem from the Pittsburgh Regional Compact Quarterly!
This year, as part of its relationship with Highmark Healthy High Five, an initiative of the Highmark Foundation, Pittsburgh Regional Compact Member Smart Futures participated in a data collection and analysis process to measure the affects of online career mentoring on the self esteem of high school-aged youths. The results are positive and summarized below:
Data obtained from the pre- and post-self esteem surveys from 284 program participants during the 2009-10 academic year supported that the PA eMentoring program positively increased the self esteem of student participants. The results showed statistically significant improvements in self-esteem for students who completed the PA eMentoring program, as measured by a pre – and post-program self-esteem survey. Additional data collected support that students participating in PA eMentoring have a better understanding of their own interests, preferences, and aptitudes, as well as a broader awareness of how these match to the work world and a better awareness and broader, more realistic understanding of post secondary opportunities in college and careers.
“These results support our belief in the positive impact having a realistic and appropriate college and career focus can have on young people at a critical time of their lives. We thank the Highmark Foundation, for encouraging us to measure this impact on self esteem. We also thank our other corporate sponsors who supported this program with both employees and dollars. They include BNY Mellon, NexTier Bank, Duquesne Light, UPMC and American Eagle Outfitters. Finally, we thank our foundation supporters who are helping Smart Futures to introduce this program here in southwestern Pennsylvania. These sponsors include the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Buhl Foundation, the Grable Foundation and the Benedum Foundation (via IU1),” said Smart Futures Executive Director David J. Mosey.
The Pittsburgh Regional Compact is an employer-driven initiative collaboratively
sponsored by the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, business
leaders, educators, students, educational institutions and workforce development
organizations across the 10-county Pittsburgh region.