Become a Mentor

Higher Achievement’s mentors are key to our scholars’ success, joining us each week in Afterschool Academy to make a measurable and clear impact on the lives of young people.

Coming from all kinds of backgrounds, experiences, and careers, together mentors comprise a rich network of community members who are invested in the neighborhoods where they work and live, and who believe that opportunities make all the difference.

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Our mentors range from college students to retirees, coming from all kinds of personal and professional backgrounds. No teaching experience is required.


For the duration of the academic year, mentors instruct a small group of middle school-aged scholars with an engaging curriculum that is provided for them.


Mentors join us one night a week.

  • Baltimore: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 5:45–7pm
  • DC Metro: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 6–8pm
  • Pittsburgh: Tuesday, Thursday from 6–7pm
  • Richmond: Tuesday, Thursday from 5:10–6:10pm

Please note that mentoring times may differ by center in each affiliate. Select a center in Baltimore, DC Metro, Pittsburgh, or Richmond for more details.

The mentor experience

Mentors build relationships with the same group of scholars every week through academic enrichment and personal encouragement as someone who shows up for them, believes in them, and who will stand by them as they work to secure their futures.

Higher Achievement facilitates a supportive, collaborative program that unites communities and gives volunteers the satisfaction of seeing the impact of their donated time firsthand.

Whether you’re looking to re-engage with service or are getting involved in your community for the first time, we’re happy to have you join us.

Mentor curricula

Higher Achievement partners with organizations for the best programmatic and academic curricula for Afterschool Academy:

Becoming a mentor

  • Submit an application
  • Complete an informational interview with a Higher Achievement staff member
  • Fulfill the clearance requirements for your center so you’re ready to meet your scholars

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