Volunteer Career Mentoring

What is the Volunteer Career Mentoring Program?

The Associated Black Charities' Volunteer Career Mentoring Program is designed to meet the needs of low wage workers of color who have a strong desire for career advancement but currently lack the career advancement skills that would ensure their upward mobility.  The program design includes 12- career development and mentoring sessions, structured over a 12-month period. 

Why do we need a Volunteer Career Mentoring Program? 

Many African American employees who have significant potential do not have mentors to help them identify their strengths, improve their performance, and set career goals that could  increase their wage growth potential.  The Volunteer Career Mentoring Program brings together a diverse group of adults who have or had (retirees) successful careers and want to help others learn how to achieve their goals and low wage worker who articulate and demonstrate a desire for career advancement but are currently making less than $10 an hour.

In Maryland, as in other areas of the country, middle income households are a critical part of a city’s fiscal base. Middle class households provide revenue that poorer households and individuals cannot. Middle class households also help suppress tax rates on wealthier households and individuals. Increasing the number of people and households with middle class incomes and assets increases the tax base of a city and state, thus enhancing the region’s economy. 8


What are the benefits for mentors?

·         Satisfaction of helping others achieve their goals;

·         Share in the process of self-reflection and growth;

·         Affect positive change; Transferrable Professional Development Skills

·         Demonstrate expertise and share knowledge;

·         Peer Networking and community recognition;

·         Improved interpersonal skills, empathy and understanding;


What are the benefits for mentees?

·         Identify their professional strengths as well as ways to make positive change;

·         Learn constructive techniques for dealing with employment barriers specifically for people of color;

·         Enhanced capacity to translate goals into productive actions;

·         Develop a long-term plan for career success;

·         Practice mastery of workplace skills necessary for career success;

·         Perfect social networking and increase computer literacy skills;

·         Improve communication and presentation skills;


For more information or to become a Volunteer Career Mentor, contact: Bernard K. Sims, 410-659-0000 x 1712


Associated Black Charities’  Board Pipeline Leadership Development Project is committed to developing a pipeline of professionals from racially under-represented communities to serve on boards in our region.The Board Pipeline Leadership Project helps to provide pathways of access and opportunity. It promotes equity, expanding the diversity of nonprofit boards, by opening doors for an expanded use of the “time, talent, and treasure” that qualified professionals of color can bring to board service for the benefit of Baltimore and its surrounding areas and region.

Many of the nonprofits seeking professionals with racially diverse backgrounds are also nonprofits that serve low income communities of color.  This provides a double bottom line “return on investment” on behalf of the community and on behalf of the professionals of color.

The Board Leadership Pipeline convenes for one evening on five consecutive weeks.  This training equips interested candidates with the skills and techniques needed to be more effective board members.

We invite you to become an Associated Black Charities’ Board Pipeline Professional. Please submit your bio and resume, as two separate documents with contact information on each, along with a short e-mail of interest to – or contact for more information — Mrs. Clair Minson, Workforce Strategist, cminson@abc-md.org

“The board pipeline development program definitely prepared me for the work that I am now engaged in with Woodbourne.  Words alone do not allow me to properly articulate my gratitude to you, Adar and ABC.  This experience is blessing my life.  I am both honored and humbled to have been a participant and will continue to strive to positively represent the Board Pipeline Leadership Development Program and ABC.”

Tracey L. Durant, Ed.D.