iMentor matches high school students with college-educated mentors to guide them to college graduation. We strive to build relationships that empower first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college and achieve their dreams.
I've had the pleasure of mentoring two young men since 2015 and have seen the positive impact of the program, firsthand. My first mentee, Josh Pollydore, graduated from IAM High School in Canarsie, Brooklyn last May, becoming the first in his immediate family to graduate high school. More impressive, however, is the fact that he decided to delay attending college for the Army. He recently completed basic training and is taking steps to become an engineer. Josh plans on attending college in 2020. My second (and current) mentee is Sahid Bamba, a 9th grade student at Business of Sports School (BOSS) located in Hell’s Kitchen. His favorite subjects are math and science, but his passion is sports. While we still have some time until college applications, Sahid wants a school with a lot of athletic opportunities.
iMentor works, just ask any mentor or mentee, but we need your help. Please help me in showing our students that there are countless people who care for them, who support them and will help them achieve their dreams.
Here is what your support can do for New York City’s students:
$25 allows a mentee to attend a year of iMentor events
$100 supplies a mentee with a year's access to monthly career and college preparation events
$500 provides a college application event for an entire junior class
$1,000 supports the mentorship of one student as they work one-on-one with their mentor toward academic and personal success