About Us

Mission / Vision

To break the cycle of father-absence in this single-parented generation by equipping followers of Jesus to mentor adolescents toward becoming all that God has designed them to be.

Baltimore Life Coaches is a program of Young Life, the nation’s largest faith-based youth organization. Many kids in today’s urban context face severe social and/or economic challenges. Because of this, our ministry in Baltimore City has chosen to implement a one-on-one mentoring strategy as a key ingredient for accomplishing Young Life’s mission. Simply put, we assign one volunteer mentor, or “Life Coach,” to each and every kid.

Program Description

Weekly Men’s Breakfast Gatherings

Each week our “Coaches” (mentors) and “Players” (mentees) meet together at one of our breakfast gatherings to for food, fun, and Christian fellowship. We currently have three different “leagues” that meet for 12 weeks during the fall semester and 12 weeks during the spring semester.

Coppin State League

Coaches who have been matched with kids who live on the west side of Baltimore attend our THURSDAY MORNING gathering which meets in Coppin State’s dining hall from 7 to 8 am.

Morgan State League

Coaches who have been matched with kids who live on the east side of Baltimore attend our FRIDAY MORNING gathering which meets in Morgan State’s dining hall from 7 to 8 am.

Varsity League

Coaches and players who have been together for several seasons and are ready to “move up” attend our WEDNESDAY MORNING gathering (men’s bible study) which currently meets at David and Dad’s restaurant downtown (Charles St.) from 7 to 8 am.

Special Activities

Though optional, we encourage Coaches and Players to make every effort to attend our occasion group excursions throughout the school year and summer. These activities may include an Orioles game (majorly discounted tickets!), group movie night, laser tag, go carts, super bowl party, or pool-party cook out.

Man Camp

An optional annual retreat designed specifically for mentors and mentees to attend together. This testosterone-filled weekend includes sports, adventure, fishing, obstacle courses, paint ball, zip lines, and perhaps even a mechanical bull! We also bring in world class speakers to motivate us to become REAL men. This year’s getaway is June 6-8 at North Bay Adventure Camp in Cecil County, Maryland. To register, please contact Arny Arnold at arnyarnold@gmail.com.

GEMS Women’s Mentoring

Our female version of one-on-one mentoring matches Christian women with adolescent girls to help them become the Godly women they are designed to be. To find out more, contact our Director of Female Ministries, Paige Fitz, at pfitz23@yahoo.com.

Traditional Young Life Club

We are ramping up our traditional Young Life ministry here in Baltimore, Starting with a WYLDLIFE Club at Calverton Middle School. TO find out more about this ministry, go to www.baltimoreurban.younglife.org or contact traditional Young Life director Josh Goodman at joshwgoodman@gmail.com.

Program Locations

Coppin State Life Coach League

Coppin State Dining Hall
2500 W. North Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21216

Morgan State Life Coach League

Morgan State Dining Hall
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

Varsity Life Coach League

David and Dad’s
334 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Our Staff

Arny Arnold

Sr. Area Director
(Life Coaches mentoring)

Paige Fitz

Director of Female Ministries

Josh Goodman

Area Director
(Traditional Young Life)

Our Board of Directors

Scott Dorsey

CEO, Merritt Properties

Michael Stott

General Manager
Baltimore Country Club

George Santos

Managing Principal
Colliers International

Charlotte Pool

Retired Educator

Ritchie Sebenecher

Sebenecher Insurance

Tom Smyth

Smyth Jewelers

Steve Smallman

Sr. Partner

Danny Obrien

Senior Pastor
Grace Fellowship Church

Corey Barnes

Grace City Church

Become a Mentor

What is a Life Coach?

Simply put, a Life Coach is a caring adult who commits to befriend, mentor, encourage, open doors, and pray for one kid who needs and wants someone to walk with them through adolescence. After we match you with a mentee, the commitment is to meet with that kid at one of our weekly Life Coach gatherings (see program description) for at least one year. However, be prepared for a friendship that might last a lifetime!

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must consent to following Jesus as primary leader, guide, and teacher for life
  • Must commit to reserving sex for the marriage union only
  • Must have a safe driving record (no recent DUI’s, suspended license, etc.)
  • Must have a positive reference from a pastor or community leader
  • Must undergo a background check (at our expense) that returns no non-sexual criminal offenses within the past two years, and no sexual offenses ever
  • Must own or have access to a vehicle
  • Must complete our 5-hour mentor training course (You will be contacted to schedule a date)
  • Must commit to bringing your mentee to a weekly mentor breakfast for one year (NOTE: we may be starting an additional gathering for men who want to mentor but have morning work schedule conflicts. If this describes you, please contact Arny Arnold )
  • Must be willing to buy breakfast for yourself and for your mentee ($6 per for food/drink breakfast buffet)
  • Must complete and submit the Life Coach Application

Enroll a Student

  • Entering students must be in 6th thru 9th grade
  • Must have guardian consent
  • Must be willing to attend our mentor breakfast gathering one morning per week for at least one school year
  • Must complete and submit the Student Application