Mentorship Program

Matching recently resettled refugee and immigrant families with local mentors

The core of Hello Neighbor is a mentorship program where we match recently resettled refugee and immigrant families (our mentees) with local mentors. The initial time commitment is a minimum of 10 hours per month for 6 months, but many of the relationships created in our program remain active after the initial time commitment and develop into long term (and potentially 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 matches decide what to do together with activities ranging from playing at the local park, to attending Hello Neighbor events, to helping the families read mail and teaching them to write a check.

The mentors attend a training and become equipped with tools to help refugee families navigate different systems in America. This includes the history of refugee resettlement, a training about ESL learners, and information with best practices of mentoring. They are also matched with a previous mentor they can turn to with questions.

Our refugee families currently come from 11 different countries: Myanmar, Bhutan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, South Sudan, Algeria, Ivory Coast, and Somalia.

98% have children under the age of 18 in the home and all of them have been in the United States between 6 montha and 5 years. Over the past two years we have matched 72 families.

For a few hours a couple times a month you can meet your new neighbors, help Pittsburgh become a more welcoming city, and help our new neighbors achieve success in their new lives in Pittsburgh.

Are you ready to get started?

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