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Best Practice: Volunteer Families that Transform Youth Trajectories
December 2013 - With support from the Urban Health Institute at Johns Hopkins (UHI), IMP has studied ways to identify and assess crucial success factors for young people. Read more at NewOptions.

Redefining Family: The Incentive Mentoring Program
November 2013 - IMP is featured on a recent Robert Deutsch Foundation blog.

How Do You Help Young People Care About School?
September 2013 - Read more about IMP in Lennon Flower's article in EdWeek.

IMP Volunteer mentioned in the The Daily Pennsylvanian
September 2013 - Read more in Closing the Chasm on theDP.com.

Tong Zhang named to 2013 The Daily Record VIP List
August 2013 - The Daily Record held its third annual VIP List awards event Aug. 21 at Gertrude's at The Baltimore Museum of Art. The program celebrates the professionals under 40 based on their professional accomplishments and a commitment to inspiring change in their community. Learn more about IMP COO, Tong Zhang, and other award winners here.

Family Business: Meet New Ashoka Fellow Sarah Hemminger featured on Forbes.com
March 2013 - Visit Forbes.com to read the article.

Sarah Hemminger named Ashoka Fellow
March 2013 - IMP Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Hemminger, has been elected an Ashoka Fellow. Read more about this incredible honor. IMP would like to express their sincerest gratitude to Bob Embry, Lennon Flowers, and Joe McKown for introducing the organization to Ashoka.

2013 IMP Commencement: June 17th, 2013
IMP is thrilled that our third Dunbar cohort will be graduating high school this June! We would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the monumental milestones in the lives of our students and their families.

IMP will be welcoming Wes Moore as our 2013 IMP Commencement speaker. Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Read more about the IMP Commencement.

IMP Volunteer wins 2013 MLK Award
January 2013 - Congratulations to Helena Zec for being honored with the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award for her work as an IMP GrandParent!

IMP Mentioned in the JHU Newsletter
January 2013 - Jan Houbolt, Executive Director of The Leadership, a program of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC), recognized IMP at the American Visionary Art Museum Anti-Bullying Program.

2012 Baltimore Kitchen Cabinet-June 21st and 22nd, 2012
The Incentive Mentoring Program (IMP) has invited Friends of the Children, the Montana Academy, and the Princeton Center for Leadership Training to join Baltimore leaders for a conversation about ensuring that youth throughout the country succeed academically and socially. While each of these esteemed organizations has pioneered their own novel and outcomes-based approaches to foster the development of today’s youth, all share a common commitment to building extended families of support.

The Baltimore Kitchen Cabinet is a two-day event hosted by the Incentive Mentoring Program. The event will kickoff on Thursday, June 22, 4:00 pm at The Johns Hopkins University, Hodson Hall with a lecture from Dr. John McKinnon, “What Problem are We Trying to Solve?” Dr. John McKinnon, psychiatrist and co-founder of Montana Academy, a therapeutic ranch school, will describe an “immaturity” hypothesis and “parental” approach to helping young people to reach maturity. The hypothesis suggests a paradigm shift with profound implications for clinical psychiatry, substance abuse treatment, criminal law, corrections, and for the modern high school. On Friday June 22, leaders from each visiting organization, as well as elite advisors from the Baltimore community prized for their expertise and dedication to youth will meet in small group advisory sessions to address current challenges. Read more about the Baltimore Kitchen Cabinet.

IMP Volunteers win Johns Hopkins Community Service SOURCE award
April 2012- Adi Noiman and Tommy Rappold won the JHU SOURCE Community Service award for their work with DAASI last summer. While IMP was recognized as a group, it was really due to the efforts of these two amazing volunteers that DAASI 2011 was possible.

Baltimore Sun Op-ed: Connecting to Careers
January 2012- Dr. Arnold Packer, retired senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies and former assistant secretary of labor in the Carter administration, wrote in the Baltimore Sun about his experience employing IMP students over the summer and the greater impact of creating jobs for teenagers.

IMP Volunteer wins 2012 MLK award
January 2012- IMP Volunteer Julia Dooher wins Martin Luther King Community Service Award for her incredible contributions to IMP. Please click here to read the full story.

IMP named finalist for inaugural Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award
October 2011- IMP was honored by the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute as a finalist for the Henrietta Lacks Memorial Award, which was created to recognize and support Baltimore community organizations that are collaborating with The Johns Hopkins University to improve the health and well-being of Baltimore City and its residents. Read more about the award in JHU Gazette.

Sarah Hemminger named Community Hero
October 2011- IMP Founder, Sarah Hemminger, was recognized with a Safeco Community Hero award. Read more in the Carroll County Times.

High School Students Get First-Hand Look at Hopkins Nursing
July 2011- Press release about IMP students and their involvement in the Diversity and Academic Advancement Institute. Please click here to read the full story.

Genetics Students: Nurturing by Nature
June 2011- The heavy involvement of Johns Hopkins genetics graduate students in IMP is featured as the top story in the latest issue of Genetic News (a Johns Hopkins newsletter from the McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine). To read more about the tireless dedication of just some of our wonderful volunteers, please visit Genetics News.

Ignite for a Better Baltimore
Tong Zhang presented on how IMP Rethinks Wealth at the May 26th, 2011 Ignite for a Better Baltimore event. Click here to watch.

Tedx Baltimore
Sarah Hemminger shared the story of IMP at Tedx Baltimore on May 15th, 2011. To see her talk click here.

Sarah Hemminger featured in the Urbanite Magazine
Read the full story here!

Tong Zhang wins MLK Award
Tong Zhang wins Martin Luther King Community Service Award for her creative additions to IMP. Please click here to read the full story.

IMP Homewood-ACCE Site featured in the JHU Gazette
Read the full story here.

Sarah Hemminger recognized by Glamour Magazine
Sarah was honored as one of Glamour's 20 Amazing Young Women at the 2010 Glamour Women of the Year Awards. Read about Sarah and the other honorees here.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine-David E Rogers Award
IMP Executive Director, Sarah Hemminger, was awarded the award in 2010 and volunteers, Kumar Senthil and Kathleen Lee, were awarded the prestigious community service award in 2011.

Donate money to IMP just by searching online!
The Incentive Mentoring Program is now registered on Goodsearch.com an online search engine that will donate money to us for every search. The search engine is powered by Yahoo! so you will still get good-quality results. Be sure to "select a charity" (or type in "Incentive Mentoring Program" and click "verify") before you search to make sure we get credit. However, once you've started, the site can remember your charity choice, and you can also set up a search-engine toolbar for convenience.

Sarah Hemminger Receives Open Society Institute Fellowship
Sarah Hemminger has been selected as an Open Society Institute (OSI) Baltimore Community Fellow. Her goals for the OSI fellowship are to serve additional classes at Dunbar High School and build sufficient infrastructure to replicate the IMP model in new high schools throughout Baltimore.

OSI funding will help permit Sarah to lead IMP full-time as Executive Director. With 18 months to devote to expanding IMP to serve more students and building the infrastructure necessary to carry IMP forward, Sarah will have the chance to fashion a lasting program with a powerful impact.

IMP Receives Abell Foundation Grant
IMP has been awarded a generous $69,056 grant by the Abell Foundation. In addition to supporting the existing IMP program, proceeds from the grant are being used to enroll a third cohort of 9th grade students at Dunbar High School and institute a new “GrandParent Program,” which allows experienced mentors (“GrandParents”) to link IMP families and students.

Booz Allen Hamilton of Annapolis Junction Donates School Supplies
The employees of Booz Allen Hamilton of Annapolis Junction recently donated school supplies to the students of IMP. On September 8, Deon R. McGuire delivered backpacks, binders, folders, pens, pencils, and flashdrives. When IMP student Brian Daniels walked into the cafeteria at Dunbar and saw the tables filled with supplies he exclaimed, "WOW, it is academic Christmas." The IMP students, families and mentors are thankful for the generous gift. View the pictures here.

Echoing Green Fellow!
Sarah Hemminger has been selected as a 2009 Echoing Green Fellow.
The Bold Idea: Empower struggling teenagers to break the cycle of poverty, drugs and lack of education by surrounding them with “families” of mentors who fill critical gaps in academic and social support.

The Times of India
Dhaujee Kelly, IMP Alum, received a scholarship to spend her summer vacation teaching at the Parijat Academy in India.
Konwar, Rajiv. "US student teaches students in Assam village." The Times of India. 25 May 2009.
Read her blog here!

Diversity Recognition Award
Diversity Recognition Award 
Melissa Dattalo (IMP Mentor) received the Diversity Recognition Award from Dean Brody and the Johns Hopkins University Diversity Leadership Council.

True grit, plenty of gumption: Sarah Hemminger --Source: Ann LoLordo of BaltimoreSun.com
Sarah Hemminger, a 28-year-old Johns Hopkins biomedical engineering graduate student, talks with Albert Pittman, 17, one of the Dunbar High School students participating in the Incentive Mentoring Program that she started five years ago for at-risk teens. Ms. Hemminger drives Albert to school every day to help him stay out of trouble.
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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine SOURCE Awards


SOURCE School of Medicine Student Group Community Service Award:
Incentive Mentoring Program (2008)

SOURCE School of Medicine Individual Community Service Awards:

Daniel Bowers (2007)
Melissa Dattalo (2007)
Sarah Hemminger (2005)

Schools Monthly
"Partnership Spotlight: Dunbar Mentoring Project." Schools Monthly. Baltimore City Public School System. January 2008. pg. 21.

"The Incentive Mentoring Program’s goal is to transform teenagers who are failing out of high school into Baltimore City's most valuable role models . . ."

Urbanite #48 June 08
Messner, Rebecca. "Can 'families' of mentors turn around troubled teens?" The Urbanite Magazine. Issue 48: June 2008.
At the first meeting of IMP, Hemminger flew solo, using pizza as the incentive for a group of kids who, she says, didn’t want to be there. “I explained to them that no matter what they did to me, I wasn’t going to go away, so they might as well get on board.”

Johns Hopkins Magazine
Messner, Rebecca. "Offering Incentives to Stay in School." Johns Hopkins Magazine. June 2008.
"If something like this could be duplicated," says Dunbar principal Stephen Colbert, "if the city could invest money in more programs like IMP, the school system as a whole would be much better off."

Committed to the Community
IMP was recognized in Committed to the Community: Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore. Read about it here.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship


2009-2010: April Clayton, Arielle Stewart, Nance Yuan, Rajesh Sekar, Christina Sun

2008-2009: Helen Kinsman, Lara Kovell, Jeffrey Tosoian, Kathleen Lee, Matthew Peters, Kumaran Senthil

2006-2007: Jordan Leyton-Mange, Eric Tan

2005-2006: Daniel Bowers, Melissa Dattalo, Romina Wahab

2004-2005: Sarah Hemminger

WJZ Channel 13 News. 20 Jan 2008.
Jackson, Kai. Interview with Sarah Hemminger (IMP Founder) and Judeith James (IMP Student). WJZ Channel 13 News. 20 Jan 2008.


"Teens who are doing poorly in school often have extenuating circumstances that factor into their failure. Poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, lack of parental involvement are just some of the situations . . . "

The JHU Gazette
11 June 2007: "A Remarkable Partnership Sets High-Schoolers on New Path"

 The School of Medicine welcomed 17 recent Dunbar High School graduates to Turner Auditorium on June 6 for a special graduation ceremony. The students all had been participants in the Incentive Mentoring Program, a project begun four years ago by Sarah Hemminger, a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Engineering.
13 Feb 2006: Inspiring a Turnaround "She sacrifices so much of her time for them. She is a second parent to some of these kids,” said Shadmehr, a professor of biomedical engineering, who has known Hemminger since her days as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins. "If Sarah feels she needs to, she gets involved with finding them clothes, books or whatever else they need.”