Mentors

Become a Mentor!

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Are you interested in the education and professional development of Baltimore City youth? Become a UMB CURE Scholars Program mentor!

Your commitment will help West Baltimore students prepare for careers in health care.

Mentors will work with scholars throughout their middle school and high school years and as they go on to college and perhaps even to graduate school.

Mentors are integral to the effectiveness of the UMB CURE Scholars Program. Research shows mentors play a vital role in the success of children and young adults.

BECOME A MENTOR

‌What will mentors do?

With a 5:1 mentor-to-scholar ratio, mentors cultivate relationships with their scholar to:

  • Open doors to expose scholars to science-related experiences as well as professional networks of people and businesses that may become important career connections.
  • Offer guidance and advice to help scholars explore experiences while navigating through middle school, high school, the college application processes, and through college.
  • Provide support and encouragement that will inspire each scholar to move beyond their current realm of knowledge to reach higher goals, broader aspirations, and greater dreams.
  • Offers hands-on and innovative ways to excite the scholar about science and health care career options.
  • Become a part of the scholars’ network of support that truly cares about the scholars’ health, education, and well-being.

Mentor eligibility and requirements

Become a mentor, coach, or campus champion

Mentor

Choose to participate in one or all of the following:

  • After-school component
  • Saturday tutoring component
  • Summer enrichment component

A minimum of a one-year commitment is necessary to be considered for mentorship. A minimum of two in-person mentoring sessions is required per month. All mentors are screened and trained by nationally acclaimed training agencies. Mentors can be UMB graduate students, professional school students, faculty, staff, or alumni; business professionals; community leaders or community volunteers. Mentors can serve in the capacity of tutor, activity planner, workshop presenter, life skills coach, and/or general supporter.

Coach

Serve as a person who counsels and encourages scholars on matters having to do with careers or personal challenges. A minimum of a one-year commitment is necessary to be considered for a coaching role. A minimum of one (in-person or remote via telephone, Skype, FaceTime, etc.) coaching sessions is required per month. All coaches are screened and trained by nationally acclaimed training agencies. Coaches can be UMB graduate students, professional school students, faculty, staff, or alumni; business professionals; community leaders or community volunteers.

Campus champion

Assist in collecting donation items within your department or office and make arrangements to have the items picked up or delivered to the UMB CURE Scholars office. Additionally, campus champions will help spread the word about upcoming events and initiatives associated with the UMB CURE Scholars Program. Campus champions can be UMB graduate students, professional school students, faculty, or staff members.

Mentor training topics

  • Mentor commitment
  • Cultivating relationships
  • Ongoing trauma trainin
  • Impact of race and poverty
  • Mentor/mentee matching
  • Parameters of mentoring/risk management
  • Utilizing the support team and case managers
  • Scheduling/documenting hours, activities, and referrals
  • Exposing and inspiring STEM and health care
  • Ongoing support and assessments