Higher Achievement, an academic enrichment program that is dedicated to helping underserved middle-school students advance to top high schools in Baltimore, is looking for volunteer mentors! Come learn how you can positively impact Baltimore City youth by attending a Mentor Information Session on Wednesday, September 2nd or Wednesday, September 19th. The information sessions will be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at 1414 Key Highway, Suite 300 (in Baltimore, MD 21211). To RSVP, contact Martha Perez at email@example.com or (410) 752-7753.
Higher Achievement – Baltimore Mentor FAQ
- What is Higher Achievement? Higher Achievement is an after-school and summer academic enrichment program for motivated middle-school students that helps students excel and advance to top high schools.
- What do academic mentors do? Mentors are volunteers who work with a small group of intellectually curious 5th and 6th grade scholars in a core academic subject of their choice, using easy-to-use, structured, and scripted lessons. Higher Achievement equips mentors with the curricula, as well as ongoing support and training. Mentors bring their enthusiasm and commitment, and serve as positive role models to the scholars. In return for giving their time and effort, mentors receive the rewarding experience of making a lasting impact on a young person’s life.
- How long is the commitment? Mentors work with a core group of scholars one evening per week during the school year (late September until early May), from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Mentors can choose what day of the week they want to volunteer: Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.
- What kind of support is provided? Mentors receive significant support from Higher Achievement, including curricula, an extensive orientation session, ongoing training opportunities, and coaching from full-time professionals. The Assistant Center Director at each site is responsible for working with mentors to provide guidance and support.
- Where is the program located and is it safe? Higher Achievement operates out of two elementary/middle schools in Baltimore: Collington Square Elementary/Middle School, 1409 N. Collington Ave., Baltimore, MD 21213 or Dr. Nathan A. Pitts Ashburton Elementary Middle, 3935 Hilton Rd., Baltimore, MD 21215. Mentors can choose their location. Both schools have security and staff who work until 8:30 pm. All mentors will be oriented to the neighborhood and encouraged to use precautions that they would ordinarily take in unfamiliar settings.
- Is there a background check or other requirements? Yes; all volunteers working with youth must complete a fingerprint background check and Tuberculosis test prior to starting. The organization will provide more information on how to complete these tasks.
- How do I apply? Visit www.higherachievement.org and click on “Volunteer.”
- Will I work with the same students all year? Yes, you will work with the same three or four students all year. Many mentors choose to come back year-to-year to continue to working with their assigned scholars.
What to hear more? Join us for a mentor information session:
Wednesday, September 2nd 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16th 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: 1414 Key Highway, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21230
RSVP: 410-752-7753 or firstname.lastname@example.org