As many of you know, this is my fifth year with iMentor. I am so proud that Nelfany (my first mentee) and Sonia (my second mentee) are well on their way to graduating from CUNY and BMCC, respectively, after attending The Brooklyn International High School. Nelfany is working towards becoming a registered nurse and Sonia just declared her major in business administration. Now I'm proud to be a mentor to Cindy, who I met while she was starting her junior year at KIPP in the South Bronx and now is a freshman at a small liberal arts school in California. Cindy loves soccer, movies, and spending time with her family and friends. She is always eager to share her hopes, dreams, and goals with me. Over the holidays I saw Cindy for the first time since she left for college. It was amazing to see how far she's already come after one semester and how excited she is about her future. Last year we were working through the joys and perils of college applications, financial aid, time management, etc. and now we're discussing college majors, potential careers, and summer internships!
I've had three incredibly rewarding matches, and I would be very grateful for your support. It costs over $1,000 a year for iMentor to support each mentor-mentee pair with access to quality programming and resources. Every donation will have a lasting impact on the life of a high school student and is sincerely appreciated. iMentor is about Nelfany, Sonia, Cindy, and the thousands of students like them who will be the first in their families to graduate from college and have the potential to do great things. In New York, only 37% of all students graduated high school ready for college last year. To build college-readiness for students in low-income communities, iMentor matches students with mentors who work with them one-on-one to help them navigate the college application process and develop critical skills that lead to college success.