ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!
SEPTEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 31, 2020
THE PREDICAMENT: This 2020-21 school year is not like most. COVID-19 has caused schools to teach virtually instead of in-person, which has led to various new challenges for school-aged youth. Recent research on the academic and social/emotional impacts of the pandemic reveals that a large portion of school-aged young people have experienced increased levels of disconnectedness and social isolation, anxiety and general demotivation. With negative impacts like these, the need for quality mentoring has exacerbated.
THE SOLUTION: With this reality in mind, Maryland MENTOR has initiated the “500 Virtual Mentor Recruitment Challenge” campaign with the support of Thread, Big Brother Big Sister of Central Maryland, Community Youth Advance, Best Kids, and close to 50+ Mentoring and Out of School Time programs within Maryland and Washington D.C. This campaign has been possible by the support of Walmart, Under Armor, and other partners across the state. This campaign will provide mentoring programs with the opportunity to promote their program and obtain quality mentors. The goals of this challenge are to:
- Highlight the fact that the need for adult volunteer mentors to support our state’s young people as they navigate unprecedented challenges has increased
- Support our area’s mentoring and after school programs, who have all but completely transitioned to virtual formats
- Recruit and train a critical flow of volunteers to these programs, helping adolescents receive the quality mentoring they deserve.
NEW VIRTUAL MENTOR INFO SESSIONS
Would you like more information before completing your virtual mentor application? Register below for an upcoming virtual mentor info session!
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 3P – 4P
Friday, October 30, 2020 | 10A – 11A
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 3P – 4P