Be A Middle School Mentor

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 Middle school for many students is a three-year period fraught with physical and emotional changes, different class structures, and new school responsibilities. With all of these adjustments, many children need an additional person in their life to put things in order.

This is where the United Way of Allegheny County tries to step in with its “Be a Middle School Mentor” program, which is entering its seventh year thanks to a grant from the First Niagara Foundation.

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In order for a student to be considered “chronically absent” they have to have missed 10 to 19 days of classes throughout the school year. In many cases, people are tempted to play the blame game and think teachers and administrators are not holding up their end of the bargain when it comes to keeping kids in school.

Dr. Linda Lane, superintendent of the Pittsburgh Public Schools, feels that “both the communities, the families and schools need to find common ground.” That common ground, she says is that everyone wants the kids to do well.

The largest mentoring program in Pittsburgh area is getting a little bit bigger.

The “Be a 6th Grade Mentor” program has become “Be a Middle School Mentor.”

Due to the program’s success in the last four years, the United Way of Allegheny County is expanding it to include children in grades six through eight.

Damon Bethea, mentoring projects director at the United Way, said the mentors asked for the program's expansion.