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 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.

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

Sandtown Neighborhood, Baltimore

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.” When you spend a little time with our youth in Baltimore City, you realize that life is very different than that in the affluent suburbs where the Glen Mar kids grow up. In the city, our youth lose a friend to violence about once or twice a month. Schools have armed guards and police are in the parking lots when school lets out. The goal for many is to live be eighteen. Amidst all of the difficult circumstances, we are inspired by optimism and faith of our kids in the city. Suburban youth worry about where they will go to college and where they will work. They benefit from ready access to mentors in scouting and other programs. Without a doubt, they have to work hard to be successful. In football terms, they have to grind out the yards to make it. But they have the football. Our young people in the city sometimes aren’t even on the playing field. Our program is about getting them on the playing field, getting them the football.

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 on October 2, 2016.

High Rock Studios in Hagerstown, Maryland hosted our youth for a tour, brainstorming, and career discussion.

Our first anniversary outreach event was a big success. We were covered by the local Baltimore news.

Two of our youth were nominated and selected to participate in Baltimore's Participatory Budgeting process.

Kristen and her friends in Towson Student Government host us each year for a visit and tour of Towson University and a football game.

Two of our girls participated in the Girl Power 2017 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 instead provide “behind the scenes” essentials as their schedules permit. We also need volunteers to help transport our underserved city youth to and from 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.