For Mentees

A Short Mentoring Program That Goes A Long Way

3 Cups of Coffee® can help wake up your career.

This short-term mentoring program matches you with a mentor in your chosen field, with the expertise to guide your next steps. Your mentor meets with you for coffee three times—and during those three meetings, you’ll map out a custom-tailored plan for success. Each meeting is only an hour long, but the feedback, support, and network-building that takes place during these meetings can be life-changing.

Getting started is easy. Do you have…..?

  • A resume
  • A Specific career goal/job sector identified
  • A minimum of a high school diploma or GED
  • A Professional demeanor and positive attitude
  • Basic computer skills

If you would like more information, contact Program Manager Taneshya Williams at or 412-904-1345.

3 Cups of Coffee Changes Lives

Leah Nowicki

chose a new direction and…


Leah Nowicki was a Marine Corps veteran with food service industry and family business experience, whose sudden divorce left her a single parent with no income. After only two mentor meetings, she found her current job. Today, she works in veterans’ affairs, balances caring for her kids, and is working on her dream: becoming a Constitutional lawyer. She plans to stay in veterans’ affairs until then, she said, because now, “I really love what I do.”

Amy Peeler

Expanded her horizons and…


Amy was a social worker who moved back to Pittsburgh from Indiana to care for her aging parents. She had no connections—but just two months later, after 3 Cups of Coffee, she had a vibrant local network and a job in her field that she loves: helping families with special needs navigate the court system. Her connection with mentor Kristine Irwin “was a very happy meeting,” she said. “We worked so well together. Her encouragement really gave me confidence to get out there and understand that my skills are very marketable, here and everywhere.”

Dale Sifontes-Pierre-Lavine

made the right contacts and…


Dale, a widow, was trying to re-enter the workforce after a layoff. She had 20 years of service management experience in the banking industry, and our programs assisted her with fresh contacts and a new perspective which helped get her hired. Now, Dale is a Vice President and Banking Service Manager at BNY Mellon—and her 3 Cups of Coffee mentor, Deborah Guerra, is her boss. “I think anybody, whether a beginner or an experienced professional, would definitely benefit from (3 Cups of Coffee),” Dale said.

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