CHIP Mentoring Program

  • Baltimore



2505 N. Charles St.
United States

About Us

The CHIP Mentoring Program exists to serve children in Baltimore who have an incarcerated parent. After being referred, children are matched with a volunteer mentor from the community. Over time, the mentor and mentee build a positive, consistent relationship. Matches are also invited to monthly events around Baltimore to engage in community activities while spending time with other CHIP matches.

Program Background

CHIP is a program of Alternative Directions, Inc. CHIP exists to help children of incarcerated parents reach their goals and become successful by matching each child with a volutneer mentor.

Studies show that being in a mentoring relationship can have a huge impact in helping children of incarcerated parents overcome the challenges and risks that they face to become successful.

Mentor Responsibilities

A mentor is many things, like a role model, and advocate, and a supporter. More than anything else, though, a mentor is a friend. Mentoring responsibilities for the CHIP Program include:

  • Be a positive friend and role model to your mentee.
  • Meet with your mentee a minimum of four hours each month, at least once every other week.
  • Commit to a minimum of one year with your mentee (many matches decide to continue after the year is up).
  • Communicate with the mentee’s parent or guardian.
  • Communicate with the CHIP Program coordinator about your relationship with your mentee.