Monthly Archives: October 2010

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.

Pittsburgh, PA – Revolutionary “virtual” mentoring opportunity seeking working adults to serve as online career mentors to high school students

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.

Also…

In the news:  http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10087/1045992-109.stm

See results:  http://www.smartfutures.org/resources_asp/files/Self_Esteem_Gains_Report_for_2009-10_final.pdf

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.