Mentor an Emerging Creative Professional!


#AOBAwesome is a behind the scenes look on the young professionals who work in our studio. Meet Julia, an English major at #UMD interested in careers in digital content media. Check out Julia’s website here!

Julia Thompson
Mentorship at AOB

Mentor recruitment happens in the Fall (Oct-Dec.). If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill out our Mentor Interest form and we will reach out once recruitment opens!

For questions, please contact our College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Kelly Palmer,

Launched in 2019, the mission of the Mentorship Program is to complement the collaborative emphasis of AOB studio work with individualized one-on-one mentorship that supports emerging artists to envision and achieve their educational and career goals. As AOB apprentices and studio crew form meaningful and mutual relationships with creative professionals, they:

  • Practice self-promotion and self-advocacy; 
  • Learn long-term envisioning and planning skills;
  • Receive specialized assistance with their endeavors; and 
  • Develop a social and professional network beyond AOB.
Inspire Achievement as an AOB Mentor!

AOB Mentors are empowering, knowledgeable, resourceful, adult volunteers who serve as a support and trusted confidant to an emerging creative and helps ensure that important academic, professional, and life skill milestones are met. They also expose young artists to a network of opportunities and a wide array of resources while encouraging positive professional and educational choices and building pathways to long-term goals. What’s more, one-on-one mentorship is a proven tool for achieving inclusion and equity in the creative industries where familiarity with professional norms and a strong network of connections can be the key to a young person’s success.

Mentor Responsibilities to AOB Emerging Artists
  • Commit to a 12 month relationship with a young creative
  • Meet at least 4 hours per month (or 1 hour/week), to engage in professional/educational/career development activities
  • Be encouraging, supportive, and communicate with consistency 
  • Honor all commitments made to the emerging creative and AOB
  • Be respectful of our young creative’s time, opinions, and decision-making
  • Be comfortable and able to establish appropriate boundaries with youth
  • Help young creatives develop a milestone plan for achieving their long-term educational/career goals
Mentor Responsibilities to Arts on the Block
  • Attend meetings with other Mentors to discuss program successes and areas to improve
  • Communicate regularly with Program Coordinators to track the progress and goals of our emerging creatives
  • Support building a safe, supportive, welcoming, and trauma-sensitive environment
  • At least 5 years of professional experience
  • Submit an application with 2 references
  • Previous volunteer experience desired
  • Exhibit a genuine passion to empower young creative leaders
  • Have a solid network of connections and a willingness to share resources and make professional contacts
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Reside in the DMV area or be an AOB alum living elsewhere and able to work remotely
Mentee Nancy's Vision Board, created with Mentor Roxana
Mentor Roxana's Vision Board, created with Mentee Nancy
Mentor/Mentee pair Danielle and Mara discuss an art project during a video call

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