Milton Hershey School Hosts Twitter Chat About the Importance of Mentoring in a Virtual World
The coronavirus pandemic and the idea of physical distancing has left many feeling anxious, isolated, and overwhelmed and looking for mentorship. In a recent survey of high school students released by America’s Promise Alliance, in virtual learning, fewer than half of students experienced supportive conditions linked to engagement in learning. The survey pointed to the importance of cultivating a sense of belonging and supportive relationships with teens in the midst of COVID-19.
Join us on Monday, January 18 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST for “Mentoring in a Virtual World,” a Twitter Chat discussion focused on the importance of mentoring in the current climate. We will share ideas and strategies for navigating the mentorship landscape when connecting face-to-face isn’t an option.
We’ll be joined by America’s Promise Alliance (@AmericasPromise), and local Pennsylvania chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters including Capital Region (@bbbscapregion), which serves the Harrisburg region, and BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh (@BBBSPgh).
Milton Hershey School
Milton Hershey School® is one of the world’s best private schools, offering top-notch education and positive home life to children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from families of low income at no charge.
At Milton Hershey School, mentorship is an element of the whole child approach to education. It provides an opportunity to build healthy relationships that will grow beyond graduation and help students on a path to success. Learn more about our Student Character and Leadership Development program.
America’s Promise Alliance
America’s Promise Alliance is the driving force behind a nationwide movement to improve the lives and futures of America’s youth. Its work is anchored in the belief that every young person deserves to succeed, and every adult is responsible for making that happen. By bringing together hundreds of national nonprofits, businesses, community and civic leaders, educators, citizens, and young people, the Alliance does what no single organization can do on its own: catalyze action on a scale that reaches millions of young people. www.AmericasPromise.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters Capital Region
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR) creates and supports one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. For more than 35 years, BBBSCR has kept its promise by expertly crafting and maintaining compatible mentoring matches between Littles (at-risk youth) and Bigs (mature volunteers) in the Capital Region. Our commitment includes using evidence-based best practices to achieve personalized outcomes and supporting matches throughout their life (one to 10 years). Contributions in all forms are vital to fulfilling the agency’s mission. BBBSCR is a 501(c)(3) charity, registered with the PA Bureau of Charities, and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. For more information, visit the BBBSCR website at www.capbigs.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh
Established in 1965, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is the region’s premier evidenced-based youth mentoring agency—earning national recognition for program quality and organizational excellence. Our target population includes children ages six-18 from single-parent families, low-income households, and underperforming schools. In many cases, these children have incarcerated parents, encounter bullying in school, and face other challenging circumstances that increase their susceptibility to negative outcomes. At BBBSPGH, we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) in Allegheny, Greene, and Washington counties. Learn more at https://www.bbbspgh.org/.