About Us

The College and Career Prep Program helps our Baltimore City youth with career networking and mentoring, tutoring, and preparation for college, vocational or trade school, and military and civilian careers. We want them to take advantage of all of the talents that God has given them. We are a partnership ministry of Glen Mar Church with Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, Little Flowers Early Childhood Development Center, Emmanuel United Methodist Church, and volunteers from around the Howard County and Baltimore area.

Our Mission

The mission of the College and Career Prep Program is to bring out the best in our Baltimore City youth. We want to help them be at their best when applying for college, trade school, or other post high school education, and subsequent careers.

Our youth in the city face many challenges in taking their next steps. Educators and health professionals are learning effective ways to build resilience in the face of childhood trauma (adverse childhood experiences,  toxic stress). Many of their ideas help our children too. Visit our Resources page to learn more.

Rita Pierson gives us a simple and intense challenge: to build relationships with and to become champions for our kids. Pierson says "We know why kids drop out. We know why kids don't learn. It's either poverty, low attendance, negative peer influences. We know why. But one of the things that we never discuss or we rarely discuss is the value and importance of human connection, relationships."

This challenge forms the center of what we do. And it works.

We began our relationship with Terrance over three years ago.

He brought his grades up to A's and B's, and joined his school robotics team. His team traveled to the national robotics competition.

He attended NASA's space camp last summer.

He works with his mentors to keep up his grades and to plan his bright future.

Our Goals
  • Build Relationships
  • Build Positive Outlooks
  • Learn to Network
  • Succeed with College, Vocational, or Military Careers
  • Develop Financial Literacy

Visit the links below to learn more about each of our focus areas:

Career Networking and Mentoring

 

Tutoring

 

Prep for College, Trade School, Military

We meet each Tuesday in the third floor classroom spaces provided by Little Flowers Early Childhood Development Center, located in Sandtown on the campus of St. Peter Claver Church, 1526 North Fremont Ave, Baltimore, MD 21217. More on Little Flowers can be found here. Little Flowers is about 30 minutes away from Glen Mar, and parking is off street adjacent to the entrance.

Our Motivation

A mother in Baltimore City explained that too many kids in the city are losing their parents to the street violence. She had recently adopted a 20-year-old girl whose mom had been killed. From her point of view, “They aren’t someone else’s children, they are our children.” The Other Wes Moore is a book written about “two young men with the same name were born within a year of each other and just a few blocks apart in inner city Baltimore. Both had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. One grew up to be a Rhodes scholar, decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence.” It offers helpful observations about why the outcomes were so different, and we’ve taken his observations to heart in setting up our program.

Visit our Resources page to learn more about the challenges of helping our youth in the city take their next steps.

Some Highlights

Here are some highlights from some of our networking and mentoring activities.

Terrance spoke about our program at the Glen Mar worship services in 2016 and 2018.

Sabrina and Jamya completed their adult diploma programs. Congratulations!

Zarina is finishing her senior year and making honor roll.

Abby and Marlene friends in Towson Student Government host us each year to talk with Towson students, see the campus, and attend a football game.

Nasir and Desire participated in science exhibitions at The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Jamiyah and Asai attended a book signing by author Jason Reynolds.

Jamiyah and Nasaar participated in the Girl Power event hosted by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

Interested? Contact Us

Learn ways to help here.

If you are interested in working with a child across the year (not every week but as often as you can), then you have all of the qualifications you need to help with this ministry. We pray for our children. Each Tuesday evening our youth rotate through stations reflecting the gifts and talents of our volunteers: reading, tutoring, math facts, puzzles, mindfulness, and of course relationship building.

Some of our volunteers can’t attend Tuesdays, and find other times during the week to build relationships and be a champion for our youth. Some of our volunteers help transport our youth to and from our field trips, Glen Mar worship, and youth programs.

If you would like to find out more or volunteer, please contact John Stapleton at 240.463.8620 or collegeprep@glenmarumc.org.