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BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Feb. 22, 2021 – Catholic Charities of Buffalo and MENTOR New York announce a partnership of efforts that will provide enhanced mentoring for students in Catholic Charities’ Workforce and Education Services programs.

MENTOR New York will train Catholic Charities staff, who work with students ages 16 to 24, in its evidence-based best practice mentoring services beginning this month. The curriculum equips mentors with skills to effectively support the personal and professional growth of young people, coach supervisors on managing with a mentoring mindset, and teaches how to guide young people towards engaging and leveraging mentoring opportunities while, at the same time, meeting their goals.

“As young adults navigate the workforce and find their footing, mentors are essential. At MENTOR New York, our role is to ensure that every young person has those critical mentor-like relationships with their supervisors and other colleagues, to equip them to self-advocate and gain exposure to new perspectives and experiences,” said Brenda Jimenez, CEO of MENTOR New York. “Strategic partnerships within the community are a catalyst for carrying out this vision. We are grateful to be providers of the National Mentoring Partnership through the support of the Schultz Family Foundation, which allows us to leverage this powerful partnership with Catholic Charities of Buffalo.”

Jeff Conrad, Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Services Director, said, "We are thrilled to begin this partnership with MENTOR New York, and for the potential this will bring our students. This collaboration of best practices training that our staff will implement in our programming, resulting in enhanced mentorship for our students, will increase the value of our service. Mentoring can play a pivotal role in a young person's life, particularly if family support systems might be lacking.”

Catholic Charities’ Workforce and Education Services, 1001 East Delevan Ave., Buffalo, provided assistance last year to about 670 out-of-school or unemployed youth ages 16 to 24 with TASC preparation, scheduling the exam, employment search help, tutoring and college/training placement services.

The evidence-based, best practice mentoring services that MENTOR New York will provide are part of the National Mentoring Project, a nationwide initiative developed by MENTOR National with the support of the Schultz Family Foundation to infuse mentoring into the workplace for Opportunity Youth. The goal of the project is to provide training for supervisors/mentor and interns/mentees to help build a web of support for Opportunity Youth to strengthen their opportunities to thrive in the workplace and help build social capital that will last them beyond their internship.

To access Catholic Charities Workforce and Education Services or to learn more, please go to or call 716-893-3500.


About Catholic Charities of Buffalo Catholic Charities has helped individuals and families in need since its founding in 1923. That need is varied and widespread – from emergency assistance to mental health counseling and treatment, and from specialized services for older adults to help with job training and education. Catholic Charities empowers children, families and seniors to achieve meaningful, healthy and productive lives. In all situations, Catholic Charities delivers support to meet immediate needs, and then assesses clients for other needs to ensure long-term success. An excellent steward of the contributions it receives, Catholic Charities earns high ratings from Charity Navigator for transparency and sound fiscal management and is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. Catholic Charities also receives highest ratings from the Council on Accreditation for quality service. For more information, visit

About MENTOR New York

For over 25 years, MENTOR New York has been the go-to resource for building sustainable and mutually-beneficial mentoring programs. MENTOR New York partners with nearly 850 mentoring programs that serve approximately 80,000 young people throughout the state. MENTOR NY is an Affiliate of MENTOR National, the national nonprofit unifying and elevating the mentoring movement. For more information about mentoring programs and initiatives, visit

About the Schultz Family Foundation

The Schultz Family Foundation, established in 1996 by Sheri and Howard Schultz, aims to unlock America’s potential, one individual and one community at a time. It creates opportunities for populations facing barriers to success to ensure that their place in life isn’t determined by zip code, race, religion, gender or sexual identity. Investing in innovative, scalable solutions and partnerships, the Foundation focuses its efforts on two groups with enormous promise: the 4.6 million youth and young adults aged between 16 and 24 who are out of school and out of work, and the 3.8 million post 9/11 veterans and the approximately 300,000 service members who transition from active, National Guard, or Reserve duty to civilian life each year.


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