600 speakers needed to reach 23,000 students

Volunteers will help prepare eighth- and ninth-graders for college and careers

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The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education is looking for volunteers to join its Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau. Volunteers inform, motivate, and inspire eighth- and ninth-grade students statewide to prepare them for college and careers. The Maryland Scholars message increases 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.

Six hundred speakers are needed to reach the 23,000 targeted students.

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

Two special training sessions have been scheduled for Johns Hopkins employees: from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, on the East Baltimore campus and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, at Johns Hopkins at Eastern, where parking is free. The Johns Hopkins Shuttle makes frequent runs between campuses.

Register here for the program and a training session.

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