Volunteers are requested to be in a two-way service relationship building and mentoring with our Baltimore City youth. We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Little Flowers Early Childhood Development Center to catch up and visit with each other. We then meet on weekends or mutually agreeable times to share lives and to mentor/tutor.
We’d love for you to join us.
With parent/guardian permission, volunteers pick up the youth and go to a a convenient restaurant, park, or other public setting for time to get to know each other, share lives, encourage, and work on reading skills, math skills, homework assignments, life skills, career skills, and preparation for college and careers. This could be a weeknight or on a weekend. We have reading resources and workbooks that are effective.
Time commitment: 2 hours, a few times per month, with an opportunity to build a relationship with the youth beyond the mentoring.
If you are interested, please email us.
The College and Career Prep Program
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.
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.
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.