Constistency Is Key To Successful Big/Little Relationships

Sep 17, 2015
Big Brothers Big Sisters

When Kara Olsen’s father died while she was growing up in Cincinnati,  a void was left in her family. Luckily, one organization was there to help fill that void; Big Brothers Big Sisters. Now a part of the Pittsburgh branch, Olsen spoke with Essential Pittsburgh’s Paul Guggenheimer to tell her story of how having a big sister changed her life.

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City organizers say a local collaborative designed to connect organizations, willing mentors and youth looking for guidance is off to a great start. 

Pittsburgh Keepers of the Community kicked off in late July as part of a nationwide My Brother’s Keeper initiative started by President Barack Obama. Mayor Bill Peduto sanctioned the partnership helmed by BMe Pittsburgh and the Mentoring Partnership.

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June is officially “The Mentoring Partnership” month in Allegheny County and the city of Pittsburgh, as the program which helps thousands of mentors and mentees every year celebrates twenty years.

The Mentoring Partnership of Southwest PA began in 1995 and provides training, resources, research, and information about best practices to more than 500 partner organizations.

A family member is struck with cancer, a single mother loses her job, a couple splits in a divorce, scenarios like these occur everyday and can create economic pitfalls for women already fighting to stay afloat in tough economic times.

Now the Allegheny Chapter of United Way is sponsoring several organizations in the region to give a helping hand to women caught in economic crises.

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.