Morika Tsujimura via Crowdrise
April 10, 2011
Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, I volunteer with iMentor, a wonderful mentoring organization. I was initially drawn to iMentor because their e-mail-based mentoring structure allowed me to get involved even with a hectic schedule. In the six years since my first apprehensive e-mail to Ludnie, then a junior at Brooklyn International High School, I have enjoyed countless meaningful exchanges with four students from three different public high schools.
I keep coming back to iMentor because the positive impact of the mentor-mentee matches are real and noticeable. It is amazing to have a young person open up to you about their hopes and fears, their daily struggles, and their vision for a better tomorrow, just based on mutual participation in the iMentor program. As happy as I am to dish out advice on achieving academic success or navigating the college application process, it has been my mentees who have inspired me to persevere and strive to be the person I want to be.
I am currently in the third year of a three-year match with Angie, a recent graduate of the Bronx Academy of Letters. She is now enrolled in Bronx Community College and has plans to pursue a four-year degree. Angie is passionate about helping children and shelter animals. iMentor has given us the opportunity to share our lives and forge ahead in the world with the clear understanding that we are in this together.
Please help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation today. Your contribution is greatly appreciated and enables iMentor to continue their important work.
To learn more about iMentor, visit www.imentor.org.
iMentor is the premiere mentoring program in NYC. This year alone, iMentor will match 1,800 professionals in one-on-one relationships with students from low income neighborhoods in NYC. In addition, iMentor will bring our innovative model to thousands of students nationwide through our national program, iMentor Interactive. Mentoring relationships are changing the trajectory of mentees’ lives by helping them graduate high school and enroll in college.
iMentor’s impact is best explained by the students we serve. Kandace, a mentee from the Bronx, says; “My mentor gives me support in school and lets me know I can succeed. With her support, nothing can get me down. She lifts me up when I’m down and keeps me motivated.”
Want to learn more? Check out what it takes to become a mentor.