Mentoring Magic

Pay It Forward

Do you remember the Severn mentor that made the biggest impact on your life? Whether it was a teacher, coach, or advisor, they helped you become who you are today. Alumni House is always in search of professionals to work with students and young alumni — become a mentor today and keep the tradition strong.

Mentoring Opportunities

There are many ways to get involved as a Severn mentor:
  1. Host a senior for their ISP (Independent Senior Project). This two-week micro-internship program takes place in the Maryland-D.C. metro area each May and allows for impactful, short-term mentoring between alumni and Severn School seniors.
  2. Become a Young Alumni Mentor. Severn alumni from the classes of 2007-2013 serve as mentors to Severn’s newly-minted alumni during their transitions into college and the working world. In the model of a “big brother-big sister” program, Severn’s Young Alumni Mentors provide our youngest alumni with strong, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships.
  3. Serve as a guest lecturer or alumni volunteer for unique academic projects. Examples include mentoring students who are interested in learning more about your field for an assignment in Dr. Baugh’s American Public Speaking class or giving a guest lecture on your work in finance in Mr. Bodley’s economics class. These are flexible, reach out and we'll find an opportunity that fits!
  4. Participate in a panel series for alumni-student programming. Past alumni panelists include speakers for International Women’s Day and National Manufacturing Day. Share your expertise with the whole Severn community!
  5. Host students as part of our real-world field trip experiences. Past experiences include field trips to New York City and Wall Street for our Upper School investing club and math students. While these opportunities require additional planning and coordination, Severn students thrive in these kinds of immersive real-world learning opportunities with alumni.
  6. Opt-in as a mentor on our Alumni networking platform, Severn Connect. Through the app, alumni can reach out to you directly for a mentorship opportunity. Click here to sign up
  7. Short on time? Volunteer for a Curiosity Conversation with a Severn upperclassman who wants to know more about a career in your field.

Mentoring Stories

List of 3 news stories.

  • Severn School in the Big Apple!

    Severn School Takes on Wall Street

    Guest article by Director of Alumni Relations Carrie MacVean Grimes '91
    Last week, Severn juniors and seniors boarded the early Northeast Regional Amtrak train to New York City to pound the pavement of the Big Apple and take a deep dive into the professional world of finance. In a mentoring adventure organized through a collaboration between Math Department Chair Julien Meyer and Director of Alumni Relations Carrie MacVean Grimes ‘91, students from Severn’s Investment Club and classes in financial algebra and economics spent the day traversing Manhattan, to gain insights from professionals working in the fast-paced field of finance.
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  • Wendy Jones '83, Kate Orff '89, Cathy Merrill Williams '87

    Amazing Alumnae Share Severn Memories and Stories of Success

    On March 8th, in celebration of International Women's Day, we welcomed three Severn alumnae to speak with our community about their exceptional lives. They shared memories from their years at Severn along with stories of perseverance and strength, through which they have climbed to the top of their fields today. Our values of character, conduct, scholarship and leadership took shape in their voices as we learned about the paths they’ve forged since leaving Water Street.
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  • Duffy Burns '17 talks with Claire Bowersox Vetter '03.

    Beyond Water Street: Severn Alumni Network Mentorship

    Written by Carrie M. Grimes '91 for the Summer 2017 Mentors Issue of The Bridge (abridged version)
    Each spring at Severn, the senior class dips a toe into the great, big classroom of life beyond the walls of Water Street and students work under the tutelage of a different cast of faculty. Severn’s Independent Senior Project (ISP) is a two-week, hands-on learning experience where senior students have the opportunity to engage in a trade, craft, industry, or art alongside a working professional. This year’s far-ranging ISP topics included finance, real estate, entrepreneurship, culinary arts, fashion and the environment.  Some members of the Class of 2017 were fortunate to tap into a particularly helpful resource for mentorship this year: the Severn alumni network.
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Alumni Mentoring

Lower School

Preschool-Grade 5
Chesapeake Campus
1185 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd
Arnold, MD 21012
410-647-7700

Middle/Upper School

Grade 6-12
Teel Campus
Severna Park, MD 21146
410-647-7700