The Mentor Project

The Mentor Project

The Mentor Project at Penn State Behrend

CORE: The Mentor Project

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The Mentor Project at Penn State Behrend works with local schools and education sites to promote positive youth development by forming lasting relationships between Erie youth and trained mentors.

As a research-informed program, The Mentor Project at Behrend receives information and oversight from The National Mentoring Partnership (TMP), working closely with The Mentoring Partnership of Southwest Pennsylvania. Staff and faculty affiliates at CORE are certified trainers for TMP and are able to offer Mentor Training 101 sessions for local organizations and schools in Erie County.

Quality of Life mentors and mentees kick-off the Fall 2016 semester with enthusiasm!

Quality of Life mentors and mentees kick-off the Fall 2016 semester with enthusiasm!

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The needs and resources of each participating site are assessed to determine how best to promote positive youth development through mentoring. Currently, The Mentor Project at Penn State Behrend utilizes a group-mentoring model, in which two middle-school mentees are grouped with one college mentor and one community member. This inter-generational group provides both mentees and mentors with an opportunity to learn from and with each other. Mentors come equipped to each mentoring session with evidence-based lesson plans, derived from the RAPS Manual: Relationships are Pathways To Success (original source: The Ophelia Project).

The Quality of Life group enjoy the nice weather as they participate in mentoring activities.

The Quality of Life group enjoy the nice weather as they participate in mentoring activities.

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For the Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 academic year, The Mentor Project is working with the following schools and education sites:

  • Rice Ave Middle School - Girard
  • E. F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center
  • Wattsburg Middle School
  • Erie Middle School - ESD
  • Erie City Mission
  • Fort LeBouef Middle School
The Mentor Project at Girard Middle School, group activity

Mentors and mentees at Girard Middle School work together on a project.

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For more information about The Mentor Project, please contact Mary Baird, M.S., Mentor Coordinator by phone at 814-898-6514 or by email at mab894@psu.edu.