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Are you interested in the education and professional development of Baltimore City youth? Become a UMB CURE Scholars Program mentor! At UMB CURE, there are three different mentoring levels – primary mentor, flex mentor, and lead mentor.
Primary mentors are paired with one to three scholars with whom they work individually. Primary mentors should indicate their Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday availability on the application. They will consistently work with the same scholars and are expected to interact with their students on a regular basis through school programming, Saturday programming, and/or various mentor-scholar outings.
The lead mentor position is a one-year, paid internship. Lead mentors will be assigned to a specific grade (either 6th or 7th) at one of our partner schools and will conduct Tuesday and Thursday after-school sessions with the assistance of one of the school’s teachers. Lead mentors are required to participate in either half-day Saturday programs during the school year or a six-week summer program, both at the UMB campus (A combination of Saturday/summer components is an option to fulfill this requirement.).
In addition to hands-on classroom instruction, lead mentors will gain experience with resource, grant, and personnel management. Throughout the year, lead mentors will participate in monthly Scholar Focus Team meetings with the UMB CURE curriculum specialist and teachers to assess the scholars’ progress and identify areas for improvement. Lead mentors will receive a $4,000 stipend to offset travel and related expenses.
Flex mentors are assigned to scholars to fill in when the scholars’ primary mentors are unavailable. Flex mentors are typically assigned to two to five students, depending on the mentor’s availability. Flex mentors are expected to have at least one interaction with their scholars each month, either in-person or remotely. In-person interactions can include, but are not limited to, attending a Saturday mentoring session, planning a mentor-scholar outing, chaperoning a field trip, or attending a Science Olympiad session.