Afterschool Mentor for City Schools STEM Program


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


9 Baltimore City SchoolsBaltimore, MD 21218


STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools (SABES) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded collaboration between Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) and Johns Hopkins University. Its purpose is to improve educational outcomes in STEM disciplines throughout Baltimore City's elementary schools. Specifically, this five-year project focuses on improving STEM curriculum and delivery in grades 3 - 5 at nine schools in three targeted communities (Greater Homewood, Greektown/Highlandtown and Park Heights). Additional details are available on our website (

We are in need of STEM experts (professionals, retirees, faculty, postdocs, undergraduate and graduate students) to volunteer with the SABES Afterschool Program for the 2015-2016 school year. The involvement of STEM mentors is an invaluable part of the SABES program. Mentors encourage students to consider a STEM pathway for their future, discuss their own STEM backgrounds/experiences, discuss real-life applications of STEM and primarily support the afterschool facilitator and students during hands-on, inquiry-based STEM projects.

Mentors are placed in teams of approximately 8 individuals; you can either sign up as an individual and be placed on a team, or sign up with a predetermined team. Each team is assigned to support one SABES afterschool classroom for the duration of the school year. Two mentors from the group must visit the classroom once a week for 2 hours. Thus, depending on the mentor team size, individual volunteers will typically visit the classroom once a month.

There are 9 possible Baltimore City elementary or elementary/middle schools that mentors can visit:

  • Arlington Elementary/Middle School
  • Barclay Elementary/Middle School
  • Dallas F. Nicholas, Sr. Elementary School
  • Bernard Harris Sr. Elementary School
  • Highlandtown 215 Elementary/Middle School
  • Highlandtown 237 Elementary/Middle School
  • John Ruhrah Elementary/Middle School
  • Margaret Brent Elementary/Middle School
  • Pimlico Elementary/Middle School

For additional information about volunteering with SABES, please visit:

If you would like to become involved, please complete the volunteer form using the following link: A background check and fingerprinting may be required. If you have any questions, please contact Alisha Sparks at or 410.516.0493.


  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Science
  • System Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Typically once or twice a month for about 2 hours
  • Background check, fingerprinting, online JHU Child Safety Training
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