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.

The program expanded to East Middle School and Youngstown Community School in the 2022-2023 school year to serve more students. Thank you to our sponsor, Raphael’s School of Beauty Culture.



Weekly –  Boardman Center Intermediate and Youngstown Taft Elementary.

To be a mentor, we ask that you commit yourself to spending 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 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.

Every other Month – East Middle School and Youngstown Community School

We will conduct a brief run-through before students arrive. Please be ready to go at the start time of your assigned school’s program. You will receive your mentor packet and set up your spot. In your mentor packet, you will receive an agenda and instructions for the day. You will receive a mentor packet with an agenda and instructions for the day. Take out the name card and commitment card. You will have 30 minutes to work with your mentee. Success After 6 and United Way staff members will help match the students to their mentors. You will have the same student each session, depending on absences.

Click here for all the dates for Young Women’s Mentorship at East and YCS!

To learn more about the program, email Roxann Sebest, [email protected]


  • "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