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January 13, 2014

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1 Concerned Black Men National – (Sponsoring Mentoring Organization) CBM CARES® Washington DC is part of a comprehensive outreach project designed to improve academic and life outcomes for youths enrolled in select middle schools in the District of Columbia. Activities include: Group life skill sessions and enrichment activities to expose youths to career choices, life goals and examples of good citizenship; and Mentorship that provides youths with African American men who can share life experiences and otherwise offer themselves as good role models. The CBM CARES® Mentoring Program seeks to serve a minimum of 100 boys by way of group and one-to-one mentoring for 8 hours per month for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. Contact: Terence Clegg 202-783-6119 or 1-888-395-7816

2 Capital Partners for Education (CPE) makes a college degree possible for low-income youth in the Washington, DC area. Since 1993, we have connected motivated students from low-income families with the opportunities, resources, and guidance they need to graduate from high school and college and pursue professional careers. CPE provides students with a unique combination of one-on-one mentoring, individualized staff support, college and career readiness programming, and scholarships. By complementing the rigorous education in our students’ high schools and colleges with additional wrap-around services, CPE levels the playing field between our students and their upper-income peers, thereby breaking the multigenerational cycle of poverty one family at a time. Over the past 20 years, the organization has supported more than 500 students and has produced a 75% program completion rate, a 99% college enrollment rate and a 70% college completion rate for its graduates – more than three times the rate nationally and five times the rate in DC. Contact: Chris Lockwood, Recruitment and Selection Associate, 202-682-6020 ext. 221,

3 CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate trains and supports adult volunteers that advocate for children in the foster care system. CASA volunteers fight for the rights and needs of the children they are appointed to until they are in safe, loving, permanent homes. After screening and 37 hours of pre-service training, volunteers are assigned to one child and commit to advocating for one year. Volunteers spend 10-15 hours per month meeting with their child and advocating on his or her behalf. Established in 1977. Office located in Hyattsville, MD. Contact: Ann Marie Binsner 301-209-0491, , or visit:

4 CBM CARES® Princes George’s County - The CBM CARES® Mentoring Program is a national mentoring initiative of Concerned Black Men National (CBM). The program is a uniquely designed mentoring initiative that combines a school-based, group mentoring process with a one-to-one mentoring experience to t improve academic and life outcomes for boys enrolled in targeted middle schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The CBM CARES® Mentoring Program seeks to serve a minimum of 100 boys by way of group and one-to-one mentoring for 8 hours per month for a minimum of 12 consecutive months. Contact: Aaron Harris 240-392-2288 or

5 Concerned Black Men Washington DC Chapter – The Just Say Yes! youth development program sponsors workshops and field trips to promote positive self- esteem, cultural awareness, physical fitness, and entrepreneurship. As a society, we teach our kids to just say, "No" to negative influences. Our CBM program gives the children the option to just say "Yes!" to positive life choices. Contact: Dedan Bruner 202-797-7444

6 Higher Achievement - Provides middle school children from underserved areas year-round academic enrichment programs and preparation for top high school placement. Mentors teach a small group (3-4) of 5th or 6th graders in a core academic subject—Math, Literature, or an Elective Seminar (all curriculum and training provided), one night per week Mon, Tue, or Thurs, mid-September until early May. Services DC and Alexandria, VA. Contact: Matt Thornton, Dir. Volunteer Management 202-375-7733

7 Mentoring to Manhood, Inc. – Provide mentoring, tutoring and family development services to middle school and high school boys, grades 7th to 12th. Established 2005. Offices located in Upper Marlboro, MD Contact: Rob Howze, 240-461-8474;

8 Mentors Inc. – To increase the graduation rates and success of young adults enrolled in the D.C. public high schools by pairing them with caring, adult volunteers in structured and enriched mentoring relationships that promote their personal, academic, and career development. Ages 14-18, grades 9-12. Established in 1987. Offices located in Washington, D.C. Contact: Remeka Blakey at or 202-783-2310,

9 Space of Her Own is a creative mentoring program serving fifth-grade girls in the Alexandria area. Each week mentors and mentees meet at the Alexandria Art League to enjoy dinner together and create works of art. Girls design dream boards, build and decorate lamps, create wall hangings, and more throughout the year. As a culminating activity, mentors help to renovate each girl's bedroom using all of the creations that they have made from the year. Life skills lessons in nutrition, avoiding peer pressure, healthy relationships, and conflict resolution are provided by the Alexandria Court service unit. For more information, please contact Ashley Snyder at, call (703)-746-4501 or visit our website: Space of His Own is based off the successful model of its sister program and is in its first year. Each week fifth-grade boys and their mentors meet at the Alexandria Seaport Foundation to enjoy dinner and a carpentry lesson. They design their own toolboxes, chests, bookshelves, and more. At the end of the year, mentors also participate in helping to renovate each boy's bedroom using all of the projects they build together. Life skills lessons are provided by the Alexandria Court Service Unit. For more information, please contact Ashley Snyder at or call (703)-746-4501.

10 U.S. Dream Academy - Afterschool and mentoring program that helps young people become dreamers who realize their dreams. We provide comprehensive after school enrichment and one-to-one site based mentoring to children of incarcerated parents and children at risk of incarceration because of their life circumstances. Contact: Kyle Bacon 202-562-9001

11 YMCA Youth & Family Services –YMCA Youth & Family services is the Y’s social services branch that offers counseling, outreach, education, mentoring and more for some of the region’s neediest kids and families. The mentoring program is a multi-agency initiative that matches court-involved youth ages 6-18 with adult mentors in Montgomery County, MD. The goal for the Y’s mentors is to establish a caring, trusted, and committed relationship by providing support, friendship, counsel, reinforcement, and serving as positive role models to the young people. Mentors help youth cope with their life circumstances and develop the life-skills needed to make positive choices. Contact: Laura Brown at call 240-432-6530 or visit

TO FIND A MENTOR: - type in your zip code in the “Connect to Mentoring opportunities” MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership - For more than 20 years, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) has been the lead champion for youth mentoring in the United States. MENTOR helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.

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