Our
Purpose

StreetWise Partners’ goal is to leverage mentorship to increase employment opportunities for adults from overlooked and under-resourced communities within New York, Washington, D.C. and Detroit.

StreetWise Partners pairs volunteers with mentees who are unemployed or underemployed to provide them with the skills, resources and access to networks they need to secure and maintain employment.

8,000 and Counting...

Our program annually serves 600 mentees through the support of 50+ corporations and 2,000 volunteers. Since our inception in 1997, StreetWise Partners has transformed the lives of 8,000 job seekers through the support of 15,000 volunteers.

Who we Serve:
- Unemployed or underemployed men and women ages 18+ from historically overlooked and under-resourced communities in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Detroit.
- High School or High School Equivalent/GED graduates with basic hard skills training and/or college.
- Individuals facing limitations and challenges spanning work, education, access to professional networks, and role models and unstable housing.

How Do We Do It?

We match you with great mentors

2:1 Volunteers:Mentees

Mentees receive double the network, double the experiences, double the skill sets.

Mentors pay it forward while supercharging their careers and expanding their network.

We empower you with skills

Our 12-month Workforce Mentoring Program uses an employer-driven curriculum to help our mentees develop the professional skills needed to secure a job and launch a career.

All mentoring takes place in corporate settings to help mentees become comfortable in these often foreign environments.

We create the network

We introduce our mentees to an exclusive network of the best and brightest volunteers who offer knowledge, expertise, contacts, and opportunities to jumpstart a career.

Mentees and mentors both receive opportunities to attend events outside of program to grow their professional networks and continue their development.

We connect you to future employers

We connect our graduates with internship and job opportunities so they can put the skills they've gained to work.

We continue to work with mentees beyond program through alumni development events. Some mentees even return to be mentors themselves!

Core Values.

Community

We foster meaningful connections to build a community of diverse individuals collectively working to break down barriers.

Customized Support

We are dedicated to providing customized support to all of our mentees, volunteers, and partners to ensure the highest quality of service possible.

Diversity

We embrace diversity of experience, background, and thought, recognizing these differences strengthens our ability to create meaningful change.

Adaptability

We are committed to adaptability, continuously enhancing the program to meet out constituents’ evolving needs.

Equity

We champion economic equity by challenging systemic injustice and creating access to resources and opportunities.

Empowerment

We promote the empowerment of individuals to become a catalyst of change for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Your Time. Your City.

New York

Washington, D.C.

Detroit

Be greater. Give back. Be a catalyst. Lead the charge. This is your time.

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