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Kidsburgh: Mentoring Makes a Difference in Kids' Lives

Our Peer Mentoring program at Crossroads was featured on KDKA’s Kidsburgh! Crossroads established a Peer Mentoring program where our junior and senior LEAD scholars mentor freshman students, providing assistance with the transition into high school. We are so proud of them and the work they put into helping each other succeed.

The Peer Mentoring Program at Crossroads pairs freshman scholars with LEAD* juniors and seniors. The goal is to:

1) Establish relationships with other students across grades to improve connections within the CR program

2) Increase scholars' ability to identify and access local resources

3) Increase leadership ability and role modeling for LEAD scholars.

These mentoring meetings provide our new scholars with the ability to transition easily into their new educational setting and have someone to communicate with as challenges arise during their first year as a high school student.

This year, Crossroads has almost 40 freshman being mentored by upperclassman scholars! Thanks to the efforts of our Director of Programs, Programs Coordinator and Counselors, Peer Mentoring continues to be a success! Two of our scholars were proudly displayed during the Magic of Mentoring even hosted by The Mentoring Partnership of SW PA. What an exciting time for our organization!

*The Crossroads LEAD (Lead, Empower, Advocate, Discover) program is made up of upperclassmen scholars who plan and implement scholar social activities, service projects, and other special projects. It provides opportunities for scholar leadership and these particular scholars serve formally as mentors to freshman scholars. Each year, 20 - 30 scholars serve as LEAD members.