• Mentor Spotlight: Amber

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    How long have you been a NurturePA mentor?
    14 months

    What makes the nurture® program so special?
    I have a deep passion for connecting in meaningful ways with new families. My early days of parenthood were overwhelmed by the feeling of being alone. I found ways to connect with other new families and with experts using technology and they were so meaningful in my growth as a mother. With NurturePA, I  love that I am literally a text away if one of the families I am supporting needs help. While I believe that face to face connection is essential, I love that NurturePA is using technology to build meaningful relationships and I love being a part of it.

    What is your favorite part about being a NurturePA mentor?
    I can be a mentor in “real-parent-time.” I can write my weekly texts at a time that is convenient for me and then schedule them to send at a time when I know that the families I support will need to see them. Also, those I mentor can message me at their own “best times” — or moments of crisis! — and I can respond in a way that meets their needs. Mentoring fits beautifully into my life in this way.

    Tell us about a time when you feel like you made a positive impact on the life of a mom and her new baby.
    I had one mother who was deeply struggling with a particular issue. My own mom has long said I am a “connector of people.” In this situation, the exact expert that this mother needed was a dear colleague of mine. I was able to connect them and get this mom the help she really needed. It was one of those moments where I was so grateful  to have been able to help make the connection.

    Tell us a little bit about yourself.
    I’m the mom to three teenagers and almost teenagers, so life has a chaotic quality to it at times. I enjoy being a parent to this age group more than I ever dreamed. It’s wonderful to watch them find out more about who they are. I’m a lactation consultant and work mostly in communication within the field, primarily doing social media and marketing consulting for birth and breastfeeding related organizations. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Mothers Milk Bank. I’m a fairly recent transplant to Pittsburgh and we couldn’t love living here more. When my husband and I aren’t eating our way through the many fantastic restaurants in Pittsburgh, you can find us binge watching documentaries on Netflix or sitting on our porch.

  • Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania Provides Support to NurturePA

    The National Mentoring Resource Center recently featured NurturePA, Inc. and the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania in the first ever “Technical Assistance Spotlight.”

    “An organization that combines technology with volunteer mentors to help parents access information and parenting support, NurturePA is a program driven by parents helping other parents. Through the nurture program, experienced and knowledgeable mentors use text messaging to provide support and encouragement to new parents, sharing information and answering questions.”

    Thanks to The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania for their support of the nurture® program.

    Read more about the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s support of NurturePA>>

  • NurturePA, Inc. is a Key Takeaway from “Talk, Tech and Teaching” Convening

    NurturePA, Inc. made the list of favorite takeaways from Too Small To Fail’s Tech, Talk and Teachings Convening! Here’s what they had to say about NurturePA, Inc:

    “Text messages and video can be a powerful way to reach and engage parents. A new organization called NurturePA connects new moms with mentors, who send text messages with tips and advice in real-time, tailored to what the mom is struggling with.”

    Thanks to Too Small to Fail for the great work they’re doing to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five and help prepare them to succeed in the 21st Century.

    Read more about the key takeaways from the “Tech, Talk and Teaching” Convening>>

  • NurturePA, Inc. Senior Manager Featured on Kidsburgh

    Kate Brennan, a senior manager at NurturePA, Inc, was recently featured in a Kidsburgh article titled, “5 Pittsburgh women building support networks for local families.” Read an excerpt from the article below.

    “As Pittsburgh evolves into a model for livable cities, its parenting culture changes, too. Whether you’re a new parent–which can be isolating–or new to the area, or have lived here forever, it helps to have support in creating the “villages” that are so important to raising healthy and happy children.

    Kidsburgh highlights five enterprising Pittsburgh women who are helping to form the social networks that will strengthen Pittsburgh families. We say cheers to that.”

    Read more to find out how these women are building support networks for local families>>