As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

Be A Middle School Mentor Program

Be a Middle School Mentor is a collaboration between The United Way of Allegheny County, The Youth Futures Commission, The Pittsburgh Public Schools, and partner agencies. Mentors meet with their students for one hour each week at one of the following sites, Pittsburgh Sterrett, Pittsburgh Colfax, and The Barack Obama Academy of International Studies. The Be a Middle School Mentor program promotes high school and college readiness and was implemented to build connections between middle school students and professionals from a wide array of disciplines. In turn we hope these professionals will inspire students to pursue higher education and take full advantage of The Pittsburgh Promise.

MACAC is proud to be a partner agency of Be a Middle School Mentor program. With the help of mentor volunteers we have served over 150 students. MACAC is currently recruiting mentors for the 2022-2023 academic year. To begin your path to serving a Pittsburgh Public School student please contact MACAC at 412.441.5405 or

Mount Ararat Mentoring Project

The Mount Ararat Mentoring Project (Mentoring Project) operates in collaboration with several East End Pittsburgh Public Middle Schools. The program is holistically designed to help students meet their full God given potential. The Mentoring Project prioritizes academic achievement, increased school attendance, and reduced high school dropout rates.

Through specific program goals, the Mentoring Project successfully enriches each student’s spiritual life, builds academic competencies, teaches social skills and improves students self-perception. Upon completion of three years in the Mentoring Project, students are prepared to enter high school better focused on achieving their individual goals.

You already have what you need to be a mentor:
- a positive attitude
- experiences to share
- a desire to help a young person become their absolute best possible self

MACAC Mentoring programs need caring individuals to serve as mentors. We are currently recruiting mentors for the 2022-2023 academic year. To find out how you can help please contact MACAC at 412.441.5405 or

Professional Development Academy

The Professional Development Academy is a comprehensive career readiness and college preparation program for high school students. Students are exposed to post secondary education options and career opportunities in several fields. The program attracts students from all over the city. Each year a new cohort of students looks to participate in education, vocation, service and recreation modules. Some of the program highlights are college tours, SAT preparation, job shadowing, study skills workshops, navigating college admissions & financial aid, and mentoring from professionals.