#WhyWednesday – Izzy Tetino!

Guest post from former Connecting Champions intern, Little Champ Volunteer, and Pitt Connecting Champions Vice President: 

Izzy- “During my sophomore year of college, I was looking for a new club to join when I stumbled upon the Pitt Connecting Champions club.  After one year as a member, I became vice president of the club where I had the opportunity to work closely with Sidney and his team to plan fundraisers and events for some of the kids in Connecting Champions.  I was also given the opportunity to be a Little Champs volunteer, where I met my friend Avery. I would visit Avery at CHP each week where we would have a blast playing games and making crafts together. Having the opportunity to be a part of some of the amazing things that Connecting Champions does for the kids really sparked my interest in doing more for the organization, which is when I decided to apply for the Friendship Assistant internship.  One of my favorite things about working with Connecting Champions was that my role allowed me to watch our friendships grow.  I would see pictures and hear the story of how each kid met their role model, and then I had the opportunity to follow the friendships as they grew and to see each of the special moments that we made possible for the kids. Although my time as a Friendship Assistant has come to an end, I am so grateful to continue to be a part of the Connecting Champions family and to watch the friendships continue to grow!”


Activity Kits

National Geographic Science Magic Kit

​Help 8-year-old Joe

Future Scientist

Get a science experiment kit to explore with his mentor!

​Help 9-year-old Myla

Future Artist

Get art supplies to create with her mentor!

Help 23-year-old Erik

Future Coffee Barista

Get coffee supplies to learn how to create specialty drinks with his mentor!

The pandemic showed many people what social isolation is really like. It also showed there are many other great ways to connect. That’s why we launched our activity kits. These mailed out packages provide fun activities for our mentors and kids/young adults to do together — virtually.

Reach Out to Us

Or contact Friendship@ConnectingChampions.org / 412.376.3755