Mentoring Works!

Mentors can play a powerful role in providing young people with the tools to make responsible decisions, stay focused and engaged in school, and reduce or avoid risky behaviors like skipping school, and drug or alcohol use.

In a national report called The Mentoring Effect, young people who were at-risk for not completing high school but who had a mentor were 55 percent more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor.

In addition, children who are mentored are:

• 52 percent less likely to skip school.
• 86 percent go on to higher education.
• 58 percent improve their grades.
• 81 percent more likely to report participating regularly in sports or extracurricular activities.
• 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities.
• More than twice as likely to say they held a leadership position in a club or sports team.

Being in a mentoring relationship with a young person provides a shared opportunity for learning and growth. In fact, many mentors say they are surprised and grateful for the experience because it is more rewarding than they imagined.

There are around 27,000 kids currently being mentored by more than 140 organizations in Southwestern PA.  That’s something to celebrate this National Mentoring Month! Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC has many mentoring relationships. When interviewing prospective mentors, many wanted to be a mentor because having a mentor had been so important in their personal or professional life. At Children’s Hospital, employees mentor other employees, students, residents, and fellows, as well as middle school students in a mentoring program sponsored by Children’s Hospital, called Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh University (CHPU).

Through CHPU, 12 employees of Children’s Hospital meet with seventh and eighth grade students from Arsenal Middle School on Friday mornings at Children’s131 Hospital throughout the school year. CHPU mentors spend time getting to know the students and share their work environments with them.  Students are introduced to careers in health care, form self-affirming relationships with their mentor, and learn new skills.

During the year, CHPU students go on campus tours of the hospital, do a service project, and take health and safety classes such as:

• Tech Smart 4 Kids Internet Safety
• American Red Cross Babysitter’s Training
• HIPAA awareness
• First Aid

CHPU mentors and instructors deserve our appreciation and thanks for taking time out of their busy workday to let a young person know that they matter.

Thank you to CHPU mentors and other Children’s Hospital staff who make the mentoring program possible!

2015-2016 CHPU Mentors:

Carolyn Biglow
John Krysinsky
Tonja Smith
Winter Epps
Swati Banerjee
Julie Speicher
Helen Bradley
Rich Siniawski
Debi Shondel
Carrie Moelber
Denise Shanter

There is still a need for mentors in our community. To learn more about the many opportunities to be a mentor in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas, please visit:

The Mentoring partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of University – contact Danielle Williams: (412) 784 -8683 ext. 14.