About IMP


Mission Statement

The Incentive Mentoring Program engages underperforming high school students confronting significant barriers outside of the classroom by providing each one with a family of committed volunteers and increased access to community resources. We foster students’ academic advancement and personal growth into self-motivated, resilient and responsible citizens.


Who we are

IMP is a community of students and volunteers working together towards mutual growth. Students from the Academy for College and Career Exploration and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School are selected during their freshman year based on poor academic performance and the existence of challenges outside of the classroom. IMP matches high school students with hundreds of Johns Hopkins University undergraduate and graduate volunteers, as well as dedicated individuals from the Baltimore community, who come together to provide stability for IMP students. However, IMP creates a family of support for everyone, not just the students. We never give up on anyone in the IMP Family, whether it is a student or a volunteer.

IMP Values


    Others Before Self

  • When you are in the greatest need, you have the most to gain from helping others. Help others accomplish their goals, not yours.
  • Adaptability

  • There is not a formula to solve every problem. Even custom solutions need continual adjustments.
  • Learn from Everyone

  • No matter what you have accomplished or experienced, you have something to learn from everyone you meet.
  • Unwavering Humility

  • Meet people where they are. Listen. Don’t assume. Be humbled by what you don’t know.
  • Family

  • Groups with strong personal bonds create a safe,
    supportive, and loving atmosphere for their members to thrive.
  • Never Give up Hope

  • No child is a lost cause. No action is in vain.