Mentorship is a partnership between a mentor and a mentee that focuses on providing guidance, support and encouragement in a positive and safe environment. Mentorship opportunities empower women and girls in Pennsylvania to reach their highest potential by increasing school and community engagement, improving self-esteem, and assisting in the development of personal and professional goals. You can support mentorship in Pennsylvania by:
• Volunteering as a mentor for a community group or organization
• Serving as a mentor or “sponsor” for a colleague in your workplace
• Volunteering as a peer mentor in a school environment
• Making a financial contribution to a registered mentoring organization that is making a difference
The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is committed to supporting women and girls in the Commonwealth by providing resources, creating opportunities for growth and by proactively highlighting innovative approaches to mentoring.
In March 2014, the Commission will join Governor Tom Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett in honoring Pennsylvania women through the Hannah Penn Leadership Awards. The awards recognize women who have been outstanding mentors and role models through their leadership, service and commitment to empowering women and girls. To learn more, click here.
|PCW SPOTLIGHT: OPENING DOORS ™
Opening Doors is Pennsylvania First Lady Susan Corbett's initiative to increase the graduation rate and open the doors of educational opportunity to Pennsylvania students. Opening Doors focuses on identifying middle school students who are likely to drop out before graduating and matches them with appropriate interventions to keep them on a path to earning a diploma. Interventions such as after-school mentoring have proven to positively impact a student's likelihood of graduation. To learn more, visit www.pa.gov/openingdoors
RESOURCES Please note that this list is not inclusive of all available mentoring and support organizations in Pennsylvania and does not constitute or imply endorsement or recommendation of any kind on the part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania generally or the Commission for Women in particular.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes professionally monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country in an effort to build positive, lasting relationships.
Girl Scouts of America
Girl Scouts of America offer girls in grades K-12 an opportunity to build character and self-esteem while serving their communities. Scouting provides a safe place for girls to share new experiences, develop values and contribute to society.
Junior Achievement provides young people with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement's programs focus on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
Boys and Girls Clubs of America
Boys and Girls Clubs of America provides a safe place for youth to learn and grow, provides life-enhancing enrichment programs and assists in the development of ongoing positive relationships with adult professionals.
Pennsylvania Women Work
Pennsylvania Women Work is dedicated to empowering women in transition through job readiness, emotional growth, education, training and employment. Pennsylvania Women Work provides free services and mentoring opportunities to thousands of women each year.
Dress for Success
Dress for Success provides professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support to improve the lives of women through self-sufficiency and career success. The organization’s mentoring program offers professional role models and one-on-one guidance.