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My Sister's Circle

  • My Sister's Circle
  • P.O. Box 84
  • Timonium, MD 21094
  • 410-458-3199
  • 2000
  • Julie Brooks
  • College and Career Adviser
  • (443) 962-7885

Program Description

My Sister's Circle is a comprehensive relationship-based program designed to mentor girls from disadvantaged Baltimore neighborhoods during their challenging transition to middle school, throughout high school, and into college.

MSC helps to positively transform the lives of our girls during these critical years by:

  • Matching each girl with a highly qualified volunteer mentor
  • Organizing cultural, educational and recreational events and trips
  • Soliciting summer camp scholarships
  • Connecting students to leadership programs, fellowships and internships
  • Working with the girls and their families throughout the challenging middle and high school selection processes
  • Connecting students with MSC's own Director of College Counseling for college guidance and support
  • Through efforts such as these, MSC has successfully helped our girls to overcome the circumstances that often threaten progress and promise.

    Success Stories

    Antinnea grew up in an inner-city Baltimore neighborhood where single-parenthood, poverty and a de-emphasis on education were the norm. "Being a part of My Sister's Circle allowed me to see that I wasn't living the way a lot of other people in America live," says Antinnea. And it was that exposure, she says, that changed her life.

    "My Sister's Circle played a big role in introducing me to boarding school. It was culture shock for me. I didn't even know there was an alternative way of living. I had no idea what other people had, especially in terms of education." And a great education was what this well-spoken young woman craved. After boarding school in Virginia, she enrolled at Temple University where she thrives as a resident advisor and public policy major.

    But Antinnea hasn't stopped there. Through My Sister's Circle, she learned about and was accepted to a fellowship program at the Institute for International Public Policy in Washington, D.C. That program, she says, is shaping the future she sees for herself, including graduate school and a career in international relations. "This is the best thing that has happened to me in a while, and it wouldn't have happened without MSC."

    When Antinnea thinks back to the days when her worldview was limited to her northeast Baltimore neighborhood, she knows she has a message to share with her younger MSC sisters. "My Sister's Circle opened my eyes to so many different cultures, different ways of thinking and different people. It's important for us to realize that we can expand."

    Services Provided

    • Arts and cultural
    • Career exploration and counseling/internships
    • College admissions guidance and counseling
    • College fairs/campus visits
    • College transition and retention support
    • Community service/service hours
    • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
    • Mentoring
    • SAT/ACT and other test preparation


    Race & Ethnicity

    • White: 1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 2%
    • Other: 4%
    • African American: 93%

    Education Level and
    Number of Students

    • High School: 38
    • Middle School: 36
    • Elementary School: 16
    • Post-secondary: 64
    • Non-traditional: 0

    Populations Served

    • Academically At-risk


    • More than 75%

    Colleges Attended
    by Alumni

    • Bowie State University
    • Fisk University
    • Frostburg State University
    • George Washington University
    • Goucher College
    • Hood College
    • Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)
    • Marist College
    • North Carolina Wesleyan College
    • Notre Dame of Maryland University
    • Saint Francis University
    • Stevenson University
    • Temple University
    • Towson University
    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Wilmington College
    • York College

    Matriculation & Completion

    • 4-yr College Matriculation: 67%
    • 4-yr College Graduation: 100%