Mahoning County

Our Work

Young Women’s Mentorship program paired 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students at Taft Elementary School and Boardman Center Middle School with women mentors from various professional backgrounds.   During the 2019-2020 school year, 43 mentees and 42 mentors took part in the program. The girls connect with positive female role models, address social and emotional issues relevant to adolescent girls, and focus on academic success and leadership.


This program takes place once a week for one hour during the school day.  It is currently occurring virtually at Boardman Center Intermediate and Youngstown Taft Elementary.

To be a mentor, we ask that you commit yourself to spend a weekly session with your mentee at their school.  The hour is planned programming either by a United Way Staff person, School Staff person, outside enrichment partner, or the mentors.  You are invited to take part in field trips with the students related to the program.  You are asked to pass a background test, which is paid for by the United Way.

To learn more about the program, email Kathy Mock, Community Impact Manager,


  • "I wanted to do something that would make a difference and have a true impact on a student. Little did I know the impact the program would have on my life, too."

    Shannon Tirone, Young Women's Mentorship

  • “Volunteering for Young Women's Mentorship Program is small thing that makes a huge difference in these girl’s lives. Seeing the huge smile on my Mentee’s face every week when she sees me – means the world to me. She willingly opens up about school, home and friends to me and we have developed a sweet bond. She makes me laugh and I make her turn her homework in! It’s a wonderful experience.”

    Crissa Palowitz

  • "This is my 3rd year as a YW volunteer mentor and I love it! I am a life- long learner who values our younger generation, education and community engagement while helping to make a positive difference in a student’s life. It’s about giving back!”

    Linda Turnage