The Executive Director will manage a fast-growing nonprofit largely operated by community volunteers. Various community volunteers are also working as unpaid staff. The salary range is from $60,000 to $80,000 with vacation and health benefits, if needed.
Ohana of Howard County, Inc. (OhanaHC) is a nonprofit that group mentors incoming 9th graders who are academically struggling. The student is surrounded by a diverse group of four community members who form an intentional community that we call an Ohana. Together, they empower the student so the student can overcome obstacles that stand in the way of their success. Students commit to OhanaHC for 10 years through young adulthood. Volunteer mentors commit for a year but stay much longer because of the close personal relationships that develop and the mentor time commitment that averages about 1.5 hours per week. Naturally, when one of the mentors is time poor, the others step in to fill any gaps.
We piloted the program at Wilde Lake High beginning in August 2020 (during Covid) with 10 students and 41 volunteers. In September 2021, we are expanding into three other high schools (Hammond, Long Reach and Oakland Mills and back to Wilde Lake with 32 Students (eight at each school) and 128 volunteer mentors.
Our dual mission is very important to the Howard County community. The first part is to empower academically struggling students to overcome barriers that stand in their way of self-defined success. The second part is to help our community become more inclusive as we build relationships with people who are outside our normal social circles. We do this by diversifying the Ohanas as to age, race, gender, ethnicity, religion and personal pronouns. We can help our community become more equitable and more inclusive.