Mentorship Program

Matching recently resettled refugee and immigrant families with local mentors

A Community of Dedicated Neighbors

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the current health crisis, we have decided to postpone the launch of our upcoming cohort to focus on supporting those currently enrolled in our mentorship program. Cohort 6 is now projected to launch in June 2021. Please check back for further updates on timing and details as the situation evolves.

The core of Hello Neighbor is a mentorship program where we match recently resettled refugee and immigrant families (our mentees) with local mentors. Mentor and mentee matches decide what they want to do together, with activities ranging from playing at the local park, to attending Hello Neighbor events, to helping mentee families read mail and teaching them to write a check.

The initial time commitment is a minimum of 10 hours per month for six months, but many of the relationships created in our program remain active after the initial time commitment and develop into lifelong friendships.

Mentors are strategically matched with the refugee and immigrant families based on a variety of factors including geographic proximity, family composition, availability, and interest areas. The mentors attend a training to become equipped with the tools they need to help refugee families navigate different systems in America. This includes the history of refugee resettlement, a training about ELL learners, and information on mentoring best practices. They are also matched with a previous mentor they can turn to with questions.

Our Refugee Families

Our refugee and immigrant families currently come from 13 different countries: Myanmar, Bhutan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Morocco, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, South Sudan, Algeria, Ivory Coast, and Somalia.

Of these families, 98% have children under the age of 18 in the home and all of them have been in the United States between six months and five years. Since we began in 2017, Hello Neighbor has matched 122 families through our mentorship program.

By spending just a few hours a couple times a month you can meet your new neighbors, help them achieve success in their new lives, and transform Pittsburgh into a more welcoming city for all.

Are you ready to get started?

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you can apply to be considered for Cohort 6, projected to launch in June 2021. Due to COVID-19, we had to postpone our aniticpated start date for the upcoming mentorship cohort. We will continue to share updates on timing as the situation evolves.

Now accepting applications for Cohort 6, launching in June 2021.

“This is what will change us as Americans, and change us as Pittsburghers.” - Mentor Testimonial