Accept the Challenge!
September 29 – January 31, 2021
THE PREDICAMENT: This 2020-21 school year is not like most. COVID-19 has caused schools to teach virtually instead of in-person, which has led to various new challenges for school-aged youth. Recent research on the academic and social/emotional impacts of the pandemic reveals that a large portion of school-aged young people have experienced increased levels of disconnectedness and social isolation, anxiety and general demotivation. With negative impacts like these, the need for quality mentoring has exacerbated.
THE SOLUTION: With this reality in mind, Maryland MENTOR has initiated the “500 Virtual Mentor Recruitment Challenge” campaign with the support of Thread, Big Brother Big Sister of Central Maryland, Community Youth Advance, Best Kids, and close to 50+ Mentoring and Out of School Time programs within Maryland and Washington D.C. This campaign has been possible by the support of Walmart, Under Armor, and other partners across the state. This campaign will provide mentoring programs with the opportunity to promote their program and obtain quality mentors. The goals of this challenge are to:
- Highlight the fact that the need for adult volunteer mentors to support our state’s young people as they navigate unprecedented challenges has increased
- Support our area’s mentoring and after school programs, who have all but completely transitioned to virtual formats
- Recruit and train a critical flow of volunteers to these programs, helping adolescents receive the quality mentoring they deserve
New Virtual Mentor Info Sessions
Would your Program or Organization like to join the Challenge?
If your agency, organization, or corporation would like to get involved or host a special info session click here to download our partner deck! You can also click here to download our social media toolkit so you can help amplify the campaign!
Thank you to our Program Partners!
This campaign would not be possible without our amazing program partners. Click on a program name to learn more! Interested in working with a specific program? Please note in your application.
All 4 ONE Creative Arts
Baltimore City 4-H Youth Development
Baltimore Curriculum Project
George Washington Elementary School
I Believe In Me Girls, Inc.
Imagine Me Ministries
Johns Hopkins Univeristy- School of Public Health, Center for Adolescent Health
Let’s Thrive Baltimore
Living Classrooms – Ascend through Music Program
National Mentoring Project
No Boundaries Coalition
Patterson Park Public Charter School, Inc.
P-TECH Healthcare Dunbar
Soccer Without Borders
The DIVA Effect
Therapeutic Mentoring Program of Catholic Charities Baltimore
U.S. Dream Academy
Villa Maria School (Catholic Charities of Baltimore)
We Are CASA
Y of Central Maryland