The March meeting focused on the value of Mentoring. We will be adding resources from each of the presenters. MCPS has provided a compilation of Mentoring Programs in the schools for all school levels. The compilation speaks to the importance of mentoring as a best practice in raising student involvement and achievement.
Mr. Donald Williams shared information related to the Game Changer conference which will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Universities of Shady Grove. There are several partners helping to sponsor this inspirational event including Montgomery College and Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and more.
Dr. Daman Harris shared information about Bond. Bond stands for building our network of diversity. This group focuses on recruiting, maintaining ,and retaining male teachers of color. A Fall Summit was held and now a Spring retreat is planned for Saturday April 21st from 9 to 1 p.m. BOND is partnering with Howard University and several other organizations to present, Kids, Culture and Craft activity.
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Gator Guys at Glenallen ES
Dr. Peter Moran, Principal at Glenallen ES, presented the Gator guys mentoring program. This is a boy’s mentoring group began seven years ago. Dr. Moran shared that this group started with just one student and now boasts 35 boys. These boys must apply to participate and must get a staff reference. The Gator Guys Wear Ties on Fridays, take field trips, and more. Dr. Moran has seen a definite connection between participation in the program and academic achievement.
Mrs. Crystal Lee of NCNW, National Council of Negro Women, Silver Spring, MD shared information about the FAME program at James Hubert Blake High School. The NCNW is partnering with Blake High School to sponsor this club. The purpose of this program is to foster cultural pride, a strong sense of self, and more. This group meets on Mondays at lunch and talks about a wide variety of topics from finding college scholarships to beauty and makeup.
HOBY, Leadership Montgomery
Tony Spearman-Leach shared information about Leadership Montgomery which is taking applications soon. Leadership Montgomery brings leaders of the County together to learn about different aspects of our Montgomery County. Leadership Montgomery has several programs for different age groups. Visit the website below.
Mr. Spearman-Leach also presented information about the HOBY mentoring organization. This organization began in 1959 after being inspired by actor Hugh O’Brian. It works with High School sophomores and prepares them for college. Mr. Spearman-Leach was a proud graduate of the HOBY program.
Leadership Montgomery – Leadership Montgomery Website Link- click here
HOBY- HOBY website link-
MentorPrize works with Partners to link mentors with mentees. MentorPrize states that if you can volunteer at least two hours a month-they will find you a mentee. From their website:
MentorPrize is a connector that recruits mentors and matches them with Washington, D.C. area mentoring programs serving thousands of disadvantaged individuals — from at-risk youth to teen parents. Complete our online application and let MentorPrize help you find a mentoring opportunity that suits your interests, location preferences and schedule. Are you ready to make a difference?
WIN Family Services has been in operation for 25 years. This organization takes a holistic approach to mentoring. Counselors are trained to advocate for resources which may include food, clothing, housing and more. Please visit their website below for more information.