Category Archives: Smart Futures

PA eMentoring Receives 2014 State Farm Good Neighbor Citizenship Grant

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

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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!!

EQT Corporation supports Keys2Work

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Smart Futures welcomes EQT Corporation as our latest corporate champion of career education in Pennsylvania.  EQT has donated $25,000 to specifically support the use of Keys2Work with disadvantaged and at risk populations.

As a result, hundreds of young people will strengthen the foundation skills that are critical for success and school and in the workplace.  The key outcome will be measured in terms of increases in each young person’s earning potential.

Thank you, EQT, for your generous support.


Exposing the Myth of the “University” Education


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This article exposes the Myth of the “University” and the effects propagating the myth has on our young people.

A must read — lots of dining room discussion topics here.


Smart Futures is working with a group of upper level information technology students from Carnegie Mellon University to create a tool that uses crowd-sourcing to identify education programs that teach transferable, relevant skills with an attractive ROI.

In the end, what is real for the education consumer are SKILLS.

Smart Futures Gets a Facelift

Smart Futures has a new website:



While the look and feel have changed, the website at still offers the same basic functionality including:


1.  A review of our programs, including descriptions, features, implementation details and videos.


2.  Student and teacher login area, including the option to retrieve forgotten passwords



3.  An instructors code request page that allows instructors to be sent a code to create a FREE instructors account.

teacher_code_request4.  An new instructor registration page

new_instructor_registration5.  A new student dashboard to access each of our programs


6.  New integrated blog layout


Getting Involved!

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 students talk about PA eMentoring

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

Smart Futures at BMLDI Luncheon

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.