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The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education is looking for volunteers to join its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau, a program of Maryland's STEM Innovation Network. The role of the volunteers is to inform, motivate, and inspire eighth- and ninth-grade students statewide to prepare for college and careers.

The Maryland Scholars message is designed to increase students' awareness about the importance of rigorous coursework, college/career expectations, and the realities of life after high school. Eighty-three percent of students say their speaker influenced their academic decisions.

Volunteering requires a minimal amount of time—a three-hour training session and four 50-minute classroom presentations (the equivalent of two half days)—away from work. After training, volunteers select schools, dates, and times that are convenient for their schedules.

To register for the program and for training, visit the STEMnet website. Special training sessions for Johns Hopkins employees are scheduled for 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. (register for either the morning or afternoon session) on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, Room C150. Parking is free at Eastern, and the Johns Hopkins Shuttle makes frequent runs between campuses.

Training will also be held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2, in Johns Hopkins Medicine offices in Bond Street Wharf, Suite 550, in Fell's Point.

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