Claire B. via Crowdrise
January 05, 2012
The Incentive Mentoring Program (http://incentivementoringprogram.org/) began in 2004 in Baltimore, MD. Here is a great description of what the program is all about, taken from an October of 2011 article in the Carroll County Times:
"In 2004, Hemminger, with her husband Ryan, co-founded the Incentive Mentoring Program - a community of high school students and university and community-based volunteers working together toward mutual growth. The program enrolls high school students during their freshman year, scouting out those who are failing to meet minimal academic requirements and have been recommended by the school administration because of challenges they face outside of the classroom.
The organization's core values include putting others before oneself, never giving up, adapting to circumstances, maintaining humility, family and learning from others. Inner-city students who live in very challenging circumstances are improving their grades so they can graduate from high school and be on track to attend college. They also work in monthly community-based service projects, primarily in Baltimore, but also beyond U.S. borders, learning how to effect change for others' lives as well as their own.
Currently, only 41.5 percent of Baltimore's students earn high school diplomas. Hemminger, joined by three staff members, more than 400 volunteers and 79 students, is working to change that. In 2007, 100 percent of her first group of students not only graduated from high school, but they were also accepted and began programs at various colleges and universities around the country. To date 97 percent of Incentive Mentoring Program-mentored students have graduated from high school on time and 94 percent started college degree programs."
The program uses a "famly style" mentoring approach, in which up to ten volunteers, who are largely Johns Hopkins University students, work with students. They are now also provide career and job skills training.
To learn more about the program, follow these links: