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Reaching for Success: Mentoring Program Returns


For the 4th consecutive year, PHNCF is bringing back its “Reaching for Success” mentoring program.  This program is offered to youth ages 15-19 and will take place July 9th through July 13th in Sharon, PA.  For those who have heard of this program before, you are probably familiar with some of the skills we teach: basic banking, resume writing, and interview skills. This year, in addition to these topics we are excited to partner with multiple organizations and offer new activities to our participants! The Hope Center for Arts and Technology (HopeCAT), the Buhl Club, Buhl Park, and Penn State Shenango will all be working with PHNCF to implement this year’s mentoring program.  This will be a great opportunity for participants to network with new people and build their social skills, as well as learn about these organizations that contribute so much to our community.

Penn State Shenango students will be guiding participants through the program, hosting daily icebreakers and helping other volunteers with activities.  On day one, HopeCAT will host an event at their campus, allowing for team-building and a fun way to get things started.  After that, participants will create their own resumes, which they’ll keep to update as they grow professionally.  They will also receive guidance for interviews and dressing for success.

Day two will be hosted at Penn State Shenango, with a career fair activity allowing participants to see options for jobs and careers in the area.  Penn State students and a volunteer speaker will also present on basic banking skills, followed by a tour of the campus. Day three, starting at the Buhl Club, will have a planned activity, followed by a trip to Buhl Park. Once at the park, one or more activities will be hosted, allowing participants to spend time outdoors.

Day four will be located at PHNCF, where Penn State students will present on the importance of volunteering and show participants the many volunteer opportunities available in the area. Finally, participants will complete a community service project, allowing them to put what they’ve learned into action! The final day will be an awards ceremony for those who completed the program.

“Reaching for Success” has grown each year since its inception, and PHNCF is thrilled to have such enthusiastic partners for this year’s program. There is no cost to register, and breakfast and lunch are included each day. For more information or to register for the program, contact Kristen Serna, PHNCF Fundraising Manager, at (724) 981-2875 ext. 404, or email