Panthers Peer 2 Peer Mentoring Program
The goal of the UPCS “Panthers Peer 2 Peer” mentoring program is to provide an opportunity for high school students to support and improve the school climate by using their leadership skills to provide guidance for younger students. Improving students' connection to school (both mentors and mentees) and enhancing the culture of respect at UPCS is the mission of the Panthers Peer 2 Peer program.
The Panthers Peer 2 Peer mentoring program allows students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade to serve as positive role models and resources for middle school students at UPCS. Students will engage in “match” activities, both fun and skill related in order to meet the goals of the program. Peer 2 Peer mentors must meet certain qualifications for consideration and complete an application and interview before entering the program. UPCS has partnered with The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania in order to train our mentors and provide technical assistance to the program. Mentors are tasked with engaging with the program supervisors and other volunteer staff in order to create a successful and safe environment for everyone involved. Middle school mentees are chosen via staff and parent/guardian recommendation.
If you or someone you know is interested in being a mentor or a mentee, please contact the program supervisors, Ty Beck (ext. 203) or Dr. Amy Matz (ext. 260).