Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Maryland Mentor Corps

What is the Maryland Mentor Corps?

Maryland Mentor Corps (formerly known as America Reads*America Counts*Partners in Print) is a program of the Leadership & Community Service-Learning office in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union. Students participating in Maryland Mentor Corps (MMC) provide literacy and math academic support for local youth and their families through tutoring and mentoring, in partnership with Prince George’s County Public Schools and our partner organizations, Higher Achievement and the Latino Student Fund.

Maryland Mentor Corps serves Prince George’s County Title 1 schools. These schools are located in high poverty areas; between 75% and 95% of students in our partner schools qualify for free and reduced meals. Approximately 52% of the students attending these schools are English Language Learners enrolled in ESOL programs. Maryland Mentor Corps also works with partner organizations to provide supplemental education to a wider population of children and parents.

Maryland Mentor Corps is seeking University of Maryland students to join our program as mentors to help make a difference for local kids, as well as to develop skills essential to their career goals.

What do MMC Mentors do?

MMC mentors provide individualized support to struggling students by:

  • Reinforcing essential skills in reading and mathematics
  • Creating engaging lessons and activities for reading/writing and mathematics
  • Motivating and fostering academic persistence

What skills do MMC Mentors develop?

As a result of mentoring, MMC mentors will likely develop:

  • Improved communication skills
  • Ability to adapt learning materials
  • Curriculum and activity development
  • Increased capacity for problem solving
  • Understanding of important issues in K-12 education

What is the schedule for the Maryland Mentor Corps?

Maryland Reading Program: 7:30am - 10:30am*, Tuesday - Thursday

Maryland Math Program: 2:00pm - 5:00pm*, Tuesday - Thursday

Maryland Family Literacy Program: 5:30pm - 8:30pm*, Wednesday & Thursday

Higher Achievement Middle School Reading & Mentoring: 4:00pm - 7:00pm*, Wednesday

Latino Student Fund Virtual K-8 Tutoring (Reading & Math): 4:00pm - 7:00pm*, Tuesday & Thursday

Latino Student Fund In-Person K-8 Tutoring (Reading & Math): 9:00am - 12:00pm*, Saturday

* - Mentoring schedule is estimated and is subject to change.

We are seeking UMD students who can commit to mentoring for at least one 3-hour shift on the same day each week for the entire semester.

How do I become a Maryland Mentor Corps mentor?

Applications to become a Maryland Mentor Corps mentor are due during the first week of the Fall and Spring semesters. Applicants participate in an info session and must be selected to join the program. Students are selected based on availability for the program and interest in working with children. Students must receive a background check (at no cost to the student) prior to beginning mentoring. The Fall 2022 application can be found here: https://stamp.umd.edu/lcsl/programs/maryland_mentor_corps.

Federal Work Study:

Students who are eligible for Federal Work Study as a part of their Financial Aid package can earn their funds on an hourly basis with Maryland Mentor Corps. Hourly rate starts at $12.50/hr. To determine eligibility, visit financialaid.umd.edu.

Questions? Email mdmentorcorps@umd.edu.