Mentorship Opportunities


What is a Mentor? 

Most of us can think of people in our lives, more experienced than ourselves, who taught us something new, offered advice, presented a challenge, initiated friendship, or simply expressed an interest in our development as a person. They helped us negotiate an uphill path or find an entirely new path to a goal in our personal and/or professional lives. They showed us a world larger than our neighborhood. They pointed out talents that we hadn't noticed in ourselves and stimulated ideas about what we might be able to accomplish. 

Although many of us have benefited from these kinds of relationships, one disadvantage to living in poverty is a lack of access to mentors, positive role models, and the valuable information that these relationships offer. That is why YOUR involvement is such an important part of the Getting Ahead program!

What do I have to offer?


  • Information. Mentors share their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom.
  • Contacts. Mentors provide valuable opportunities by facilitating academic, career, and personal contacts.
  • Challenges. Mentors stimulate curiosity and build confidence by presenting new ideas, opportunities, and challenges.
  • Support. Mentors encourage growth and achievement by providing an open and supportive environment.
  • Goal Setting. Mentors help participants discover talents and interests and define and attain their goals.
  • Advice. Mentors guide participants in reaching academic, career, and personal goals.
  • Role Models. By sharing stories of achievement with participants, mentors can become role models.

How do I get involved?

Erie Together hosts bi-monthly mentor trainings for those interested in helping others reach their self-sufficiency goals. The trainings are free and a great experience for anyone working or considering working with individuals. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Program Coordinator, Kathy Stearns at or 814-451-4581 x652.  

Upcoming Trainings (2017):

January 24 from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

March 16 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

May 10 from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

July - TBD

September 12 from 5:00 - 8:30 PM

November 15 from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Click here to download the mentorship opportunities brochure.  



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