Do You Have a Mentoring Story or Tip?

Ken Grant and DeNiro DeGross

DeNiro DeGross has advanced from a part-time nutrition services worker to a full-time patient transporter under the mentorship of Ken Grant, vice president of general services.

Johns Hopkins Medicine's five-year strategic plan identifies mentoring as a key strategy to "attract, engage, retain and develop the world's best people.” Whether you participate in a formal mentoring program, such as the nurse residency program called SPRING or Master Mentors program that teaches senior faculty the essentials of successful mentoring, or support a colleague in adapting to the workplace culture, please share your mentoring story or tips.

Read more about mentoring and professional development in the September 2013 edition of Dome.

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Robert O'Connell September 16, 2013 at 10:33 am

Incentive Mentoring Program

In the spring of 2004, Sarah Hemminger, a JHU biomedical engineering graduate student, and her husband, Ryan Hemminger, founded IMP to create mentoring relationships between university-based volunteers and underperforming high school students who were at risk of failing to graduate. Starting in the East Baltimore neighborhood in which Sarah attended graduate school, the program began by building relationships between Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Dunbar) students, and volunteers from the JHU East Baltimore Campus. The principal of Dunbar, Roger Shaw, helped identify 15 students who were at severe risk of failing to complete high school.

Through their willingness to customize their approach to the unique needs of each student, volunteers developed close relationships with the students over the next three years. In the spring of 2007, 100% of this first group of students not only graduated high school, but were also accepted and matriculated to college. As word of IMP’s success spread, what started out as an intimate student group of a few dozen friends, quickly turned into an organization of several hundred volunteers.

In 2006, IMP became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and enrolled a second, third, fourth and fifth cohort of Dunbar students in 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2013 respectively. In the fall of 2010, IMP was afforded the amazing opportunity to expand to a second site. Building on the success of IMP’s flagship site at Dunbar HS and the JHU East Baltimore Campus, IMP opened its second site by building a similar partnership between the JHU Homewood Campus and the Hampden-based public high school, Academy for College and Career Exploration (ACCE). IMP recruited volunteers from the Homewood Campus, and enrolled the first, second and third cohorts of high school students at ACCE in 2011, 2012 and 2013, expanding our collaboration with both JHU and the BCPSS. To date, 100% of IMP students have received a high school diploma or equivalent degree and 97% of all IMP students have matriculated to college.


Pamela Paulk September 6, 2013 at 10:33 am

I agree with David - mentoring is the most rewarding role I have ever had. I love to dream that one day I will sit in a rocking chair and watch all the eagles soar above me who were once fledgling that I was honored to help them spread their wings and fly. I still remember fondly my first unlikely mentor who was a fireman and board member of the small non-profit where I worked. He was able to help me grow and develop by being direct with me and giving me examples from everyday life that translated into great leadership lessons. I didn't realize he was mentoring me until later. He did not call himself a mentor but he was the best. We have so many employees who would like to have and will benefit from mentoring, so we need even more mentors like David!


David M. Levine September 6, 2013 at 7:24 am

For the last 40 years,I have had the honor of mentoring hundreds of students, housestaff, fellows, and faculty.The mentor-mentee is a special relationship that calls on both to form a true partnership. It begins with a full discussion and a signed agreement by both parties, as to their respective commitments, obligations, and expectations that each brings to the partnership.The mentor commits to advising, and advocating for the full professional and personal development of the mentee, and the mentee commits to communicating, in confidence, all relevant information regarding their professiional and personnel develoment, so the informed mentor can fully enhance, the mentee's develoment. It is a dynamic relatiojnship, that frequently requires adjustment and modification. It is the most rewarding role I have ever served,because one has the opportunity to counsel and befriend another for a life time.


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