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U.S. Dream Academy

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U.S. Dream Academy

Mentor Role:

  • Serve as positive role model through an ongoing, 1-on-1 relationship or group mentor structure with Elementary and Middle School aged youth
  • Take lead in helping a young person[s] develop positive dreams for their lives, equipping them with the tools to make those dreams reality
  • Cultivate developmental competencies through prescribed activities, conversation, and interactive projects
  • Assist Mentee[s] in enhancing their self-image through character building, skill building, and dream building

  • Make a one-year commitment to developing and maintaining a Mentor relationship with a student[s]
  • Attend Virtual Mentor orientation and training before meeting Mentee
  • Attend ongoing Mentor training and support sessions
  • Meet one hour weekly with your Mentee[s]
  • Keep time logs and other information as requested by Mentor Coordinator

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Ability to communicate with a student openly and non-judgmentally
  • Strong listening skills
  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility and respect
  • Interest in needs and concerns of children who are at risk of incarceration
  • Practical problem-solving skills and ability to suggest options and alternatives
  • Sensitivity to persons of different educational, economic, cultural or racial backgrounds

  • Personal fulfillment through contribution to community and individual
  • Satisfaction in helping someone mature, progress, and achieve goals
  • Training sessions based on Search Institute’s Developmental Relationship Framework
  • Personal ongoing support and supervision to help the match succeed
  • Recognition events and annual celebration of National Mentor Month

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About U.S. Dream Academy


10400 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Suite 300, Columbia, MD 21044, US

Mission Statement

The mission of U.S. Dream Academy is to empower children who are at risk of incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social, and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology.


The U.S. Dream Academy is an after-school program that aims to break the cycle of incarceration by by giving children the skills and vision necessary to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Since its inception in 1998, U.S. Dream Academy has served over 1500 students in neighborhoods where incarceration is a major problem. U.S. Dream Academy's model combines strong academic-support with one-to-one mentoring in a single, community-based after-school setting. U.S. Dream Academy was one of the first non-profits to launch this model for children of prisoners distinct from other programs that often do not provide all the major program elements in one location.

Children & Youth


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Baltimore, MD 21215



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Development




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1 hour per week
  • Please complete our mentor application:

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