Maryland MENTOR’s Top 10 2019 Moments!

December 20, 2019

1. Maryland MENTOR Representing at the Obama Foundation MBK Rising! Convening

MBK Rising! is a convening that brought together in Oakland the growing network of MBK Communities, elected officials, cross-sector leaders, and young men of color and the organizations working hard to help them achieve their dreams. Our ED Sadiq Ali represented Maryland MENTOR and MBK Baltimore. Click here for MBK Rising! recap.

2. Leading largest delegation Ever From Maryland at the National Mentoring Summit Capitol Hill Day

Maryland MENTOR lead the largest delegation ever from Maryland at the 2019 National Mentoring Summit Capitol Hill Day. Joined by: Darren Rogers from I AM MENtality Youth Male Empowerment Project, Diwee Sewell from The G.R.O.W. Program, Derek Shields from National Disability Mentoring Coalition, Renee Angelo from US Dream Academy, LaShae Felder from My Sisters Circle, Glenn Porter from Talbot Mentors and Soccer Without Borders. National Mentoring Summit

3. Launched Maryland MENTOR Quality Program Partners Initiative (QPP)

Launched Maryland MENTOR’s Quality Program Partners Initiative. Congratulations to our first cohort, which consisted of 9 Maryland Programs:

1.      AA Lead

2.      US Dream Academy

3.      Higher Achievement

4.      Latin American Youth Center

5.      Soccer Without Borders

6.      Talbot Mentors

7.      Community Bridges

8.      I Am Mentality

9.      Seeds 4 Success

QPP page added

4. Increased our Technical Assistance support to Maryland-Based Mentoring Programs to 1000 hours in 2019

This year we increased our FREE Technical Assistance support to Maryland-based mentoring programs to 1000 hours. Check out our TA consultants here! If your’re interested in consulting click here.

5. Maryland MENTOR Co-hosts First Ever MD4Y Conference

Maryland MENTOR co-hosted Maryland United 4 Youth with MOST and it was a huge success!

Incorporating youth voice into our conference was a priority for the MD4Y2019 team and we hosted a youth panel to hear directly from young people from across the state.

Volunteers were excellent ambassadors throughout the conference. Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers! 

Maryland MENTOR was proud to announce our first ever Mentoring awards for 2019. Recipients included Talbot Mentors as Mentoring Program of the Year. John Akoi, Mentee of the Year. Corey Witherspoon, Mentor of the Year. 

Special thanks to the Patricia & Mark Joseph, and Rheda Becker & Robert E. Meyerhoff for their support for Maryland MENTOR and youth across the state. We were grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the dedicated work of Ron Shapiro to the mentoring field.

See Video below for a recap of the beautiful ceremony.

6. Co-Facilitated Workshop on Mentoring in Workforce Development at the Maryland Workforce Association Annual Conference

This two-day event convened annually by the Maryland Workforce Association provided workforce development and education professionals with the opportunity to discuss evidence-based solutions and promising practices for developing Maryland’s workforce system. Our ED Sadiq Ali and Maryland MENTOR Colleague Sherida Morrison of Pressley Ridge presented a workshop on mentoring in the workforce development context. Don’t miss out on the next opportunity to network, discuss innovative solutions for the industry and entertain in-depth conversations!

7. Maryland MENTOR ED Featured on WYPR Interview all About Mentoring.

In February Our ED had a guest spot on WYPR 88.1 FM’s “Changing Lives through Mentorship” podcast. Listen to it here.

8. Maryland MENTOR Partners with Starbucks & LinkedIn to host Youth Community Design Challenge

Starbucks, LinkedIn and MENTOR National joined forces to launch a nationwide campaign designed to connect more than 10,000 mentors and mentees across the U.S. The goals: Help close the mentoring gap by creating 10,000 connections online and offline with youth and young adults seeking mentoring support to jump start or grow their careers. Maryland MENTOR participated by partnering with Starbucks & LinkedIn to host Youth Community Challenge at the Starbucks Community Store in Baltimore.

9. Maryland MENTOR Hosts Youth Mentoring Congressional Briefing

Maryland MENTOR held a briefing specifically for the Maryland congressional delegation on the report. This was a critical opportunity to learn more about the details of this important report and to find out how policy can support the challenges that mentoring programs in Maryland and throughout the nation are facing.

Read report Here.

Upholding the Covenant: State of Mentoring Report in Maryland was created due the idea of Maryland MENTOR Executive Director Sadiq Ali to visit every part of Maryland to get a feel for what was happening in the world of youth mentoring.  In over 10 weeks and over the course of 15 town halls, Maryland MENTOR complied critical information and perspective from mentoring programs across the state. In this report, Maryland MENTOR lays out advocacy and engagement ideas for policymakers at all levels of government. 

10. Maryland MENTOR Co-Hosts Impact/Back To School Weekend Collaboration with Empowerment Temple

IMPACT WEEKEND: Back to School Giveaway & Mentor Recruitment Fair 

Hosted by @etnation4life, a ton of fun was had, supplies and book-bags given out and mentors recruited!! 

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