Higher Achievement needs volunteers like you to provide middle school students in underserved communities with caring role models. Higher Achievement is an organization that serves middle school scholars (5th-8th) and puts them on the right track towards high school, college, and beyond. They do this by leveraging the power of communities through mentoring, rigorous academic programming, and exposure to real world experiences. 95% of the scholars graduate high school on time, and this is in large part due to our four-year, year-round model that emphasizes building relationships with caring adults.
Higher Achievement mentors are a diverse group of people from a variety of backgrounds. You do not need to have any prior teaching experience to be a mentor. Volunteers will work with a small group of 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th graders in a core academic subject: Math and English Language Arts, or help our scholars with their homework and supplemental work. Mentors choose their subjects and receive significant support from Higher Achievement, including curricula, orientation, and regular training and coaching.
Commitment: Volunteers are asked to commit to one night a week from 5:30-7:15pm on either Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday during our Afterschool Academy (September – May).
Where: Higher Achievement Baltimore serves in three communities: Cherry Hill, Southwest Baltimore, and East Baltimore.
Restrictions: Volunteers must be 18 years old to mentor on their own. High school students are welcome to mentor as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
*Background check required through Baltimore City Public Schools