Volunteer or Mentor
Local community organizations, programs and youth centers offer a variety of opportunities to step up and show up for at-risk students. Whatever you choose to do, it matters! Now is the perfect time to see what's available in the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Baltimore Urban Debate League
Find your voice! The league helps students find their voice and own and direct their learning through the power of a healthy debate. The organization is dedicated to improving educational and life outcomes for disadvantaged students in Baltimore’s under resourced public schools.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
Help children reach their potential! Become a Big Brother/Sister for youth between the ages of 8-12. Volunteers go through a screening process before acceptance and case workers provide assistance, support and supervision of all matches.
First Generation College Bound
FGCB provides pathways through high school and into college for low to moderate income, at risk, underrepresented youth that attend Prince George’s County Public Schools.
Hampden Family Center
Empower youth to reach their potential! The Center enriches the lives of Hampden residents through education and professional support. Become a study buddy or help with afterschool enrichment.
Higher Achievement Baltimore
Help middle-schoolers succeed! Get involved with a unique afterschool and summer academic program that gives youth from at-risk communities their best opportunity to succeed in middle school — and in life.
Learn How to Become
Learn about the importance of volunteer work, how to find volunteer opportunities, and how to transition from volunteering to a career in a nonprofit. See how volunteering in high school can add depth to college applications, find valuable resources for college students, as well as adults/professionals.
Mentorship Opportunities (list)
Access a list of programs offering rewarding mentorship opportunities.
My Sister's Circle
Mentor girls! Show you care and help support Baltimore’s young women during their challenging transitions to middle school, throughout high school and into college. The organization offers two opportunities to support students, one-to-one mentoring, and afterschool program weekly leaders.
Paul's Place relies on volunteers to offer a wide variety of high-quality programs. Volunteers assist with programs including Hot Lunch, the Market Place (Clothing Bank), Programs for Children, Computer Lab, GED classes, and Holiday Programs.
Refugee Youth Project
Lend your time and help youth succeed! Refugees receive academic tutoring and acculturation support from trained volunteer tutors. Volunteers are recruited from many walks of life but the majority are students at local colleges and universities. Working with refugee children is an excellent way to gain real-world teaching experience. In addition to free ESOL and cultural sensitivity training, RYP volunteers develop classroom management and creative problem-solving skills.
Success in college! The national organization pairs students and mentors from diverse industries and professions to help students achieve their academic and career goals.
St. Francis Neighborhood Center
St. Francis Neighborhood Center is committed to ending generational poverty through education, inspiring self-esteem, self-improvement, and strengthening connections to the community. By utilizing education, art, mentoring and tutoring they work to provide people with the tools they need to advance their lives financially and socially, while fostering positive interpersonal and community connections.
Find the right fit for you! Search through a comprehensive database of volunteer opportunities across many areas of need, including education and literacy, and children and youth.
Youth Opportunity Academy
Mentor opportunities are available at this alternative high school program that helps students success in academics and careers.
Youth Empowered Society
YES Drop-In Center is Baltimore City’s first and only drop-in center for homeless youth. YES Drop-In Center provides a safe space for homeless youth (ages of 14-25), to get basic needs met and establish supportive relationships with peer staff. There are a number of opportunities to volunteer and lend a hand.
Y of Central Maryland
Mentors provide young people with a consistent adult role model as well as an understanding ear and the opportunity to problem solve. A mentor may serve many roles including that of friend, confidant and/or coach.
300 Men March
Baltimore's violence prevention organization recruits volunteers from across the spectrum of the community to engage in violence prevention and deterrence activities.