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Shared space will help three Pittsburgh mentoring organizations be more amazing than ever


Three of Pittsburgh's largest mentoring organizations are preparing to move into a new co-working space in the Hill District.

"We have been looking for a place that provides us an opportunity for a co-working location where similar agencies with similar mission can be in the space and do our individual work, but can also work together in a way that can help make us stronger," says Colleen Fedor, executive director of The Mentoring Partnership, who expects to move into a 3,000-square-foot office in the 1901-1915 Centre Avenue building by March, along with Amachi and Strong Women, Strong Girls.

The Mentoring Partnership, which recruits and trains mentors, has been seeking a larger space to train its constantly growing number of volunteers. Additionally, their current space on Smallman Street downtown makes it difficult for trainees to find parking. The Mentoring Partnership trains all of the volunteers for Amachi, an organization dedicated to linking at-risk youth with nurturing adults, so the shared office will allow for faster feedback between both groups. The Mentoring Partnership frequently holds network education opportunities for Strong Women, Strong Girls, an organization dedicated to empowering young women by offering them successful role models. As an added bonus, likeminded organizations, The Pittsburgh Promise and A+ Schools are already located in the building, so it's safe to say that it's set to become an amazing source in the fight to improve the lives of Pittsburgh's young people.

Architect Milton Ogot is currently reviewing plans with the three organizations in preparation for the redesign of the office. Ogot has a history working on the building, so Fedor expects the upcoming build-out of the space to go smoothly.

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Writer: John Farley
Source: Colleen Fedor, The Mentoring Partnership

Photograph copyright John Farley
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