Big Brothers Big Sisters initiative, mentor2.0 to prepare Brashear High School students for life after high school

Imagine if every student had his or her own guidance counselor throughout their high school years. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is taking steps toward that goal by currently recruiting 120 professionals for its innovative one-on-one mentoring program, mentor2.0.

Launching in September of 2014, the program matches college-educated mentors with ninth grade students from Brashear High School, a classified Title I school. Each month the pairs will meet in-person at the school for prescheduled events.

And each week, as part of the students’ Civics curriculum, the pairs will meet online – over a secure and professionally-monitored interactive platform.

“The intentional focus is on mastering non-cognitive skills like perseverance and love of learning. The students will also learn to navigate all aspects of pursuing post-graduate training whether it be a 4-year college or a vocational school,” said Jan Glick, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.

mentor2.0 is based on an existing program, iMentor, that has had proven success across 19 Title I schools in New York City. iMentor is providing the technological support and platform for mentor 2.0.

“The program fits well into our district’s vision that every student have access to an adult to help them with issues academically and non-academically. The mentors will also help ensure the students are ‘Pittsburgh Promise-ready,’ maintaining at least a 2.5 gpa with at least 90 percent attendance,” said James Doyle, coordinator of afterschool programs for the Pittsburgh Public Schools.

mentor2.0 is being funded through significant grants from the Kresge Foundation, Heinz Endowments and the Birmingham Foundation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh provides children facing adversity professionally supported one-to-one relations that change their lives for the better, forever. The agency’s evidence-based programs empower these children to achieve educational success, avoid risky behaviors, set higher aspirations and develop greater confidence. BBBS of Greater Pittsburgh serves about 1,200 children annually in Allegheny, Green and Washington counties and has earned national recognition for program quality and organizational excellence.

Technology + Mentoring = College Success

Calling all tech gurus – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh is seeking candidates for an innovative and flexible new volunteer opportunity, called mentor2.0. Beginning in September 2014, ninth grade students at Pittsburgh Brashear High School will be matched in one-to-one mentoring relationships with college-educated volunteers. The students will work with their mentors, in-person and online, toward college readiness. Mentors will:

 ·         MONTHLY – Attend one (1) two-hour evening event at Pittsburgh Brashear High School (eight events per year). Receive a complimentary dinner and participate in structured activities with your mentee.

·         WEEKLY – Send at least one (1) email to your mentee at any time, from any place. Respond to your mentee’s weekly email and address the provided prompts and questions.

·         COMMITMENT – Commit at least two school years to the program, but ideally support your mentee through high school graduation.

In New York City, this technology-driven program serves over 3,000 students each year across 19 low-income schools – mentored by the nation’s leading technologists, financial professionals, marketers, and more. The result is that more students graduate high school, attend college, persist in college, and ultimately earn degrees.

Help us make a similar impact in Pittsburgh. Visit to learn more and to apply.

 Deborah Altman Rejoins The Webb Law Firm as an Intellectual Property Attorney

Deborah Altman has rejoined The Webb Law Firm as an Intellectual Property attorney. Her intellectual property legal experience includes managing patent and trademark portfolios, preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the chemical arts (organic and inorganic), conducting IP due diligence evaluations of third party IP portfolios for business development, licensing agreements, and IP provisions of commercial agreements.

Prior to rejoining The Webb Law Firm, Ms. Altman worked at PPG Industries, Inc. as a Development Chemist and more recently, as an Assistant Counsel for PPG’s chemicals and optical products businesses.

Ms. Altman is active in various legal professional organizations including the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association (PIPLA), and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and her JD from Duquesne University School of Law. She is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

The Webb Law Firm has been helping innovators safeguard their discoveries, advance their technologies and achieve historic milestones since 1845. The Firm’s patent attorneys hold dual degrees in law and the sciences and combine their legal expertise with an in-depth personal understanding of business and industry. The Webb Law Firm is located in One Gateway Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Millennial Spark Summer Series Registration Open – Space is Limited!

The eCenter@Lindenpointe (eCenter) in Hermitage will be holding a FREE series of educational camps for high school students.  Teens looking to acquire new skills while having fun will have the opportunity to learn directly from subject matter experts. Registration is required, and space is limited. Students can register at for one or more of the programs, which include:

#webweek: June 23rd-27th 9am-12pm
Gray Mackenzie and Andrew Dymski, the founders of eCenter startup, GuavaBox, will teach students how to build their own websites in a week. GuavaBox is a successful inbound marketing agency that instructs businesses on how they can improve their marketing strategies.

Launchpad: July 14th-18th 9am-12pm
Students will be introduced to 3D animation concepts that are used to create images, short films, and video games. There will be an opportunity for hands-on 3D animation work using Blender software. Andrew Pavlick, a graduate of Sharpsville High School and the founder of Pixelque (a newly formed company also located at the eCenter), will be teaching the program.

Apps For Teens: July 21st-25th 9am-12pm
Students will learn to build their own apps without any programming background with the author of iOS Development for Teens By Teens, Chip Beck.  Beck, currently a student at Hickory High School, has 15 apps available for download in Apple’s App Store.

Big Ideas – Creativity, Design, and Innovation Camp: August 4th-8th 9:30am-3:30pm
Students will take ideas and create items using easy-to-learn design layout and 3D printing.

Bizcamp: August 11th-15th 9:30am-3:30pm
Through hands-on learning, field trips, and guest speakers, students will acquire a better understanding of what it takes to start their own businesses.

The Millennial Spark Summer Series is made possible through an eCenter partnership with Community Connections as well as the generosity of the City of Hermitage and the A.J. & Sigusmunda Palumbo Charitable Trust.

If your organization would like to support this amazing series (and be included as a sponsor on the t-shirt that all participants will receive), please contact Kyle immediately at 724.877.5594 as the t-shirt design will need to be finalized soon. Thank you for your consideration!

About the eCenter@LindenPointe:
The eCenter@ Lindenpointe provides up and coming entrepreneurs the resources they need to grow their businesses.  In fact, successful businesses such as Rooted Beauty and GuavaBox got their start inside the halls of the eCenter.  In addition to the workspace provided, the eCenter offers a variety of services including business coaching, education, mentorship, and connections with potential investors.

Tucker Arensberg attorneys selected for 2014 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

The law firm of Tucker Arensberg, P.C. is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm’s Harrisburg and Pittsburgh offices were recently selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars, published by Thomson Reuters.

The complete list of Tucker Arensberg attorneys recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars and the categories for which they were honored include:


Lee C. Schwartz, Personal Injury: Plaintiff


Jordan S. Blask, Creditor Debtor Rights (Rising Star)

Christopher L. Borsani, Bankruptcy: Business (Rising Star)

Steven R. Bovan, Real Estate (Rising Star)

Nora Gieg Chatha, Estate & Probate (Rising Star)

Danielle L. Dietrich, Business Litigation (Rising Star)

Neil J. Gregorio, Employment & Labor (Rising Star)

Matthew M. Hoffman, Schools & Education

Gary P. Hunt, General Litigation

Jeffrey J. Leech, General Litigation

Beverly Weiss Manne, Bankruptcy: Business

Ralph F. Manning, Business/Corporate

Michael C. Mazack, Creditor Debtor Rights (Rising Star)

Robert L. McTiernan, Employment & Labor

Gavin A. Robb, State/Local/Municipal (Rising Star)

Kenneth G. Scholtz, Workers’ Compensation (Rising Star)

Jillian Nolan Snider, Bankruptcy: Business (Rising Star)

Brett A. Solomon, Bankruptcy: Business

Richard B. Tucker, III, Appellate

Christopher L. Voltz, State/Local/Municipal (Rising Star)

The Tucker Arensberg group joins the top five percent of lawyers in Pennsylvania in receiving this honor from their peers and others in the legal industry. The basis for selection includes noteworthy verdicts or settlements; creativity or innovation within the legal process; the number of cases tried or transactions handled; years in practice; position within the firm; professional activities; writings and lectures; community involvement; professional degrees or training; and academic and employment background.

The full results of the survey will be published in a supplement to Pittsburgh Magazine as well as the Thomson Reuters Legal annual publication, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Tucker Arensberg is an 85 attorney law firm headquartered in Pittsburgh with an office in Harrisburg.  It is a full service regional firm providing service to its clients in the areas of  general business law, banking, insolvency and creditors’ rights, estates and trusts, school and municipal law, health care, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, energy, technology and intellectual property, environmental, labor and employment, immigration, real estate, workers’ compensation, employee benefits, and investment management and fiduciary services.  For more information on the firm, please visit