Mentoring Committee


The Mentoring Committee engages young lawyers in the positive development of Cincinnati youth through partnerships with local schools and agencies committed to this same agenda.

A Message from the Co-Chair

Amanda J. Penick

January is National Mentoring Month. As lawyers, we not only have the opportunity to mentor newer lawyers as they enter the legal profession, but also the opportunity to reach out to youth in our community. Unfortunately, while mentoring programs continue to grow nationwide, a recent study[1] shows that one in three people, or 16 million young people, will reach adulthood without any type of mentor. Plus, those with more risk factors are less likely to connect to a mentor. This demonstrates the important need for us to reach out, as youth with mentors tend to show positive outcomes, such as involvement in sports and extracurricular activities and paying it forward by volunteering in the community. 


The YLS Mentoring Committee provides many opportunities throughout the year to be a mentor. Whether you would like to make a weekly commitment by tutoring at The School for Creative and Performing Arts or a one-time only commitment of Saturday Hoops, there are many ways to get involved:


  • Financial Readiness Program: This program, which debuted for high school students at the Law & Leadership Institute at the University of Cincinnati, was a big success last year.  We are expanding in the spring of 2015 to various Cincinnati Public Schools and are looking for volunteers for these 40 minute programs. Materials and lesson plans will be provided to volunteers.  Also, if you know of any high schools that would benefit from this program and have any contacts there, please let us know. 


  • Tutoring at The SCPA: This program will resume in February.  We are always looking for volunteers to share their time and talents for one hour a week to help third graders prepare for the reading and math portions of the Ohio Achievement Assessments.  Most tutors work around lunch time, but the school can accommodate may schedules.


  • Saturday Hoops: The next YLS-sponsored Hoops session will take place on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Over the Rhine Recreation Center.  This gives volunteers the opportunity to help neighborhood kids develop themselves athletically, artistically, and personally.  Volunteers help the kids run through basketball drills or participate in arts and crafts, and a different speaker attends each week to share their personal journeys with the attendees.  There will be an orientation program on January  3, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the rec center for those interested, but attendance at the orientation is not necessary to volunteer.


  • Gen-1 House: We are excited to debut a new program where we will be pairing young lawyers with first generation college students in a mentorship relationship. We are looking for members to help develop the program and volunteer.  Additional details will follow in the coming year.


As you can see, the YLS Mentoring Committee has many great mentoring programs and would love for you to get involved. Please contact the Mentoring Committee Co-chairs, Amanda Penick ( and Jason Palmer (, with any questions. 

Amanda J. Penick - Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP
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