PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Mayor calls it another piece of the Pittsburgh Promise. On Tuesday, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl launched his newest mentoring initiative called Promise Coaches.

The announcement was made at Mount Ararat Baptist Church in East Liberty and what the program aims to do is connect skilled adults to high school students.

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These promise coaches will make certain the students have a leader in their lives, a mentor and a coach.

The first 90-minute training session took place at the church Tuesday morning.

The Mayor says of the initiative: “We strive each and every day to make sure that our youth have the opportunity. We have to get creative and create programs to make sure we are doing everything in our power to provide them that opportunity. This does that. We want to make sure kids stay in school, get a good education and graduate and take advantage of the wonderful Pittsburgh Promise that is there after graduation.”

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After high school graduation, eligible students will receive $40,000 for college through the Pittsburgh Promise, which is funded by a grant from the Coca Cola Foundation.

By July, 500 volunteers will be trained to become Promise coaches.

If you would like to sign up: PromiseCoaches.org

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