The Mentor Project at 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 National 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.
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 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 equip to each mentoring session with evidence-based lesson plans, derived from the RAPS Manual: Relationships are Pathways To Success (original source: The Ophelia Project).
For the Fall 2016 ~ Spring 2017 academic year, The Mentor Project is currently working with the following schools and education sites:
- E.F. Smith Quality of Life Learning Center
- Girard Middle School
- Wattsburg Middle School
For more information about The Mentor Project, please contact Mary Baird, M.S., Mentor Coordinator ~ Phone: 814-898-6514 ~ Email: [email protected]