Every mama should have a mama mentor. Another mama you can depend on for guidance, wisdom and a listening ear can be crucial when trying to get through the rough patches of motherhood.

Motherhood can be a challenging task and it gets even harder when you don’t have anyone to ask for advice, assist in resource acquisition and lean on for mental and emotional support.

Knowing this, Brown Mamas is launching its first mentoring initiative with the Grow Mama Mentoring Cohort

Utilizing the Brown Mama Mindset curriculum, the collective knowledge of the mothers in our community and partnership with local organizations, we will launch a 12-week mentoring cohort aimed at Pittsburgh’s most vulnerable mothers and an online course resource hub at GrowMamaGrow.com.

Our goal is to remain in alignment with our mission of creating villages for Black moms that are full of resources and opportunities to connect with other women and service providers in the region.

In Fall of 2020, we piloted this program with 10 mothers and 2 mentors.

Once-a-month, Brown Mamas hosted virtual mentoring sessions and worked with local experienced moms from our community to mentor new and ‘in the thick of it’ mamas through their motherhood journey.

Chanel Allen, a local educator in the PPS School District and Dionna Rojas-Orta, a local cultural awareness trainer and social worker spearheaded the project.

Today, with generous support from the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Opportunity Fund, we will launch our first official cohort in July 2021.

Our first cohort will consist of 10 moms and 5 mentors who will all be paid to gain skills in the areas of

  • Resource Acquisition & Community Involvement
  • Developing Good Mental & Emotional Habits
  • Understanding & Building a Self-Care Routine
  • Homelife Management
  • Building Successful Male-Female Alliances
  • Developing Cultural Habits that Support Spiritual Wellness

Sign-up for our first cohort begins at the end of May 2021. Stay tuned for more info on this. Got questions? Email us at hello@brownmamas.com.


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Muffy Mendoza is an author, speaker and founder of Pittsburgh Brown Mamas, a support group for nearly 4,000 African-American moms in the Pittsburgh region. To further fill the void Muffy has created a line of educational products focused on helping Black moms be the best moms, too. Her first book, The Brown Mama Mindset: A Blueprint for Black Moms on Life, Love & Home, was featured at the 2018 Essence Festival and is currently sold in various cities across the U.S. Muffy champions the beauty of Black motherhood everywhere she goes, even on the TEDx stage. Find out more about Muffy on muffymendoza.com.

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