Mentorship Program

Matching recently resettled refugee and immigrant families with local mentors

A Community of Dedicated Neighbors

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 ESL 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 families currently come from 12 different countries: Myanmar, Bhutan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, 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. Over the past two years Hello Neighbor has matched 95 families.

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?

Applications for Cohort 5, launching this March, have closed. If you missed the deadline to apply for Cohort 5 but are still interested in being a mentor, you can still apply to be considered for Cohort 6, projected to launch in Fall 2020.

Now accepting applications for Cohort 6, launching in Fall 2020.

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