Maryland MENTOR’s Top 3 2018
December 29, 2018
2018 was certainly an exciting year for us! Since our relaunch in January, we’ve hit the ground running as one of the newest affiliates of the National Mentoring Partnership. Our commitment to the youth and the programs that serve them, have been the driving force in our work. 2019 will be even better!
#3- Conducting our first Statewide Listening Tour
This year we had the pleasure of visiting with programs from around Maryland and based in almost all of the 24 different counties and Baltimore City in the form of our Statewide Listening Tour. Over the course of Summer 2018, we conducted 15 mentoring townhalls across the state, including several in Baltimore City, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County, going as far as Western Maryland and even a couple on the Eastern Shore! We learned a tremendous amount from those program leaders and additional mentoring stakeholders who came out interacted with us, leading to an even greater rollout of services for the program field because we based it all on what those programs directly said they wanted and needed! Our entire intent was threefold: to listen, connect and share with programs. This process was especially important for us as a new organization to ensure we approached our program partners with respect and from an assets based perspective instead of the flip side, which is solely from a deficit perspective.
#2- Hosting our first Community/Funder Conversation & Panel
In September of this year we had the pleasure of hosting our first Community/Funder Conversation & Panel, featuring foundation/philanthropic leaders from Annie E. Casey Foundation, Under Armour Global Philanthropy, Knott Foundation & T. Rowe Price Foundation. With close to 100 community-based organization leaders from youth mentoring and beyond, it was a wonderful event where important and practical information was shared. Click here to see the recap video!
#1- Administering over 500 hours of technical assistance in 2018!
One of our proudest accomplishments this year was being able to directly support the programming field by administering over 500 hours of technical assistance to over 40 programs in Maryland! We received amazing feedback from programs all over the state that the technical assistance was just what they needed to take their programs to the next level and be able to engage more young people and volunteer mentors than ever before. We’re also extremely proud of the amazing consultant team we assembled to be able to handle this massive amount of support. Our TA Consultant Team serves as an extension of our home office team and our boots on the ground and we couldn’t be luckier to have them. Learn more about our amazing consultants here! Also, click here to apply for FREE technical assistance today for your mentoring program or organization. Read about how our program partner, Talbot Mentors has benefited from TA as well! In 2019 we look forward to doubling the amount of TA we administer! Get on the quality train!