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8TheBea6thGradeMentorBA6GMprogramisacollaborativeeffortbetweentheUnitedWayofWesternPennsylvaniaPittsburghPublicSchoolsYouthFuturesCommissionandtheMentoringPartnershipofSouthWesternPennsylvania.MACACservesasthepartneragencyatSterrettMiddleSchoolfortheprogram.Theprogramisdesignedtomatchcaringwellpreparedadultswithsixthgradestudentstohelpthemdevelopcareeraspirationsandencourageacademicexcellence.Duringthe2010schoolyearweserved55MentorMenteematches.BA6GMhadagreatcrosssectionofparticipantsfromdiversebackgroundsthatcametogetherforameaningfulmentoringexperience.Theweeklysessionsfocusedonacurriculumandincludedlifeskillspresentationsandcareerpresentations.Lifeskillspresentationswereconductedbyvolunteermentorsandweredesignedtotouchupontopicsthatwerenottypicallytaughtinschool.Thecareerpresentationsweresomeofthehighlightsoftheprogram.Mentorsfromvariousprofessionsvolunteeredtoconductpresentationsabouttheirparticularcomputerprogrammingoccupationaltherapyaccountingarmedforcesnursingandphysics.TheNationalOrganizationfortheProfessionalAdvancementofBlackChemistsandChemicalEngineersfromCarnegieMellonUniversityvisitedthestudentsandprovidedaninteractivelectureanddemonstrations.Thedemonstrationsincludedchemicalreactionsviscosityandthereactionofvariousmaterialstoextremetemperatures.Thisexperiencewaswellreceivedbythementeesduetothenatureoftheexperimentsandenthusiasmexhibitedbythepresenters.foodfunandfellowshipforthematches.Thementeeschallengedthementorsinamentorversusmenteebasketballgame.Thegamewasexcitingaswellasprovidedanopportunityforthementeestoseethementorsinadifferentlight.Itwasagreatwaytoendtheschoolyear.BA6GMhadapositiveimpactonthementorsasevidencedbythesewordsofamentorWitnessingapositivecontributionthatencouragesandmotivatesayoungstudentsomehowelevatesparticipationintheBeASixthGradeMentorprogramtoanessentialactivity.eld.MenteeswereexposedtotheprofessionsoflawThenalsessionoftheschoolyearincludedMountAraratCommunityActivityCenter2010AnnualReportBeA6thGradeMentor