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Debutant & Gents Programs 

Program Description:

The Young Debs and Gents Mentorship Program is a unique and transformative initiative, drawing inspiration from the traditional Beau and Debutante program while infusing it with a modern twist. Our program focuses on nurturing and guiding young ladies and gentlemen through their formative years, offering mentorship, academic support, and life skills education. Here's what makes our program stand out:​

 

Mentorship with a Heart:

Every Debs and Gents participant is assigned a dedicated mentor who volunteers their time to provide guidance, support, and encouragement. These mentors are here to help with a wide range of needs, from homework assistance to college decisions, motivation, and more.Importantly, all mentors are available to assist any student in our program, fostering a sense of community and support. 

Junior Deb with her parents at the Ball.
Students volunteering with Team in Training at the Baltimore Marathon

Program Timeline:

The Young Debs and Gents program typically runs from September or October through August, providing a year-round commitment to personal growth and development.

Community Engagement and Enrichment:

Debs and Gents actively participate in community service activities, nurturing a sense of responsibility and empathy.

They attend various social events, which have included exciting experiences such as Broadway shows at the Hippodrome Theatre, volunteering for the Maryland Team in Training for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Baltimore Marathon, and spreading joy through caroling at local nursing homes.

Cultural enrichment is achieved through visits to festivals (e.g., Maryland Renaissance Festivals), amusement parks, and sporting events, broadening horizons and creating lasting memories.

 

Etiquette and Life Skills Classes:

  • Debs and Gents participate in etiquette classes that cover essential life skills such as table manners, conflict resolution, and respect for others and property.

  • These classes also delve into practical skills like time management, study habits, interview skills, and how to handle difficult situations.

Performing Arts Outreach (PAO) Program:

  • Students have the opportunity to engage in the Performing Arts Outreach (PAO) program too, where they learn the elements of musical theatre, including dance, vocals, acting, and stage design.

  • Past performances include classics like The Nutcracker, The Lion King, and The Wiz, enabling students to explore their artistic talents.

  • Senior Debutants and Beaus are not required to participate in the POA program, but they are welcome. 

Empowering Future Leaders:

  • The ultimate goal of our program is to promote cultural competency, self-confidence, and reinforce discipline and respect among our participants.                                                             

Affordable Commitment:

  • The annual dues for the Debs and Gents program are $450, which covers all program events, transportation, and the grand end-of-year ball.

  • We understand the financial considerations of our parents and strive to work with them. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have concerns or need assistance.

  • We offer a limited number of sponsorships, aiming to provide resources for all committed students.

Continuity and Commitment:

  • Our dedication goes beyond a single year. We will follow our students from 3rd through 12th grade if they choose to participate each year. Some students have even received support into their first year of college.

  • Our students are our top priority, and their growth and success are at the heart of everything we do.                                                  

The Debs and Gents Mentorship Program is a dynamic and holistic program that empowers young individuals to thrive academically, socially, and artistically while instilling essential life skills. We are committed to making a positive and lasting impact on the lives of our participants, ensuring that they are well-prepared to face the challenges of the future with confidence and grace.

Debs & Gents Participation Requirements

In order to participate in the Debs  and Gents program students must meet the following guidelines:

  • Debs and Gents: Students in grades 3-8

  • Junior Debs and Gents: Grades 9-11; Senior Debutantes and Beaus: Grade 12

  • You do NOT have to attend a Baltimore City School in order to participate

  • Maintain a B (80%) average

  • Exhibit respect for self and others

  • Attend etiquette classes/monthly events

  • Participate in mandatory community service events

Students are also expected to: 

  • Report to school daily and prepared to learn

  • Present oneself in an appropriate and orderly fashion at all times

  • Demonstrate personal honor, integrity, good citizenship and behavior in school and community daily

  • Take responsibility for behavior and consequences

Dues: $450 (this covers the entire 12 months of the program). A $50 non-refundable is deposited to required to enroll the student (this is deducted from total yearly dues).

We have never turned a student away due to cost and we work with our parents. We also have a few student sponsorships available. If you are in need of a sponsorship please complete the sponsorship form.

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