Youth Leadership Program
"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction."   -John Crosby

                                *mentors and their students touring the Orioles stadium

Who we are:
Kaiser Permanente’s Youth Leadership Program works to provide extra resources to high school students in the Franklin Square neighborhood who wish to make the best of their educational experience and earn scholarship funds to help pay for higher education.
In this four year program, students gain both hard and soft skills necessary to success in the professional world, from public speaking and handshakes to resume writing and college preparation. There will be opportunities each summer to further learning through summer classes, paid internships, college tours and much more.
In addition to academic pursuits, students are encouraged to express themselves creatively, develop leadership skills, and give back to their community. During its pilot year, participating students served as docents in the inaugural Light City Festival, created a short film that was entered into the Baltimore High School Film Festival and won the Advocacy Film award, completed a six-week paid internship, and designed a youth-focused event on the topic of combating depression with Self-Love.
Much of what the students accomplished was driven by their own interests. The intention is for each new class to create their own unique opportunities and express their personal values in the topics and experiences they pursue in this program.
Create. Lead. Innovate.

Why have mentors?
Research has shown that quality mentorship can have a meaningful impact on the choices and success of students. As part of our goal to serve as a wrap around program for our students, we hope to introduce them to professionals in a wide range of careers and create opportunities for student mentorship. Through this exposure students have the chance to hear about the challenges and joys of pursuing various careers, the daily tasks of a given profession, and what might help them find success should they choose to enter that field. 

More than anything, mentors have the chance to support our scholars through encouragement, advice, and constructive criticism.

How it works:  
Mentors will attend each of our six field trips between February and July. Instead of mentors being paired with specific students, they will have the chance to speak with all of our students throughout the day. If students have questions or an interest in learning about a mentor's specific career, we expect mentors to be open to speaking with students over the phone or via email.

The role of our mentors:
  1. Share Experiences
  • Pass along organizational knowledge
  • Share expertise and work experience
  • Act as a role model
  1. Establish a Safe Environment
  • Find common ground with mentee and initiate conversations during field trips
  • Challenge mentee to be their best selves
  • Encourage and motivate each student
  1. Provide Structure
  • Hold mentee accountable to commitments
  • Help identify skill gaps
  • Coach for performance
  • Provide honest, constructive feedback regarding strengths and development needs

What is the commitment?
  • Pledge to being a mentor for the entire 6 months (February-July)
  • Commit to attending our monthly field trips in Baltimore. This will almost always be on weekends.
  • Be a resource for the mentees and provide constructive feedback on projects and assignments
  • Offer assistance to mentees on Youth Leadership projects and, if possible, schoolwork
  • Offer support and advice for students participating in the summer internship component of our program during June and July

What are the expectations?
  • Conduct appropriate behavior and serve as a positive role model in communication with all mentees
  • Return emails and phone calls from mentees within 24 hours
  • Notify the mentorship coordinator of any concerns or challenges you have regarding students

How to apply:
Mentorship application are now CLOSED; we extend our sincere gratitude to all of our 2017 mentor applicants!
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