Friends and Family,
As some of you may know, I am part of a program called iMentor (a program matches professionals in one-on-one relationships with students from low income neighborhoods in NYC). Back in 2010, I was matched with Yocasta, then a junior at Civic Leadership Academy, a public high school in Elmhurst, Queens. Since then, Yocasta and I have emailed weekly on various writing topics, and have met once a month at iMentor’s in-person events. Together, we have discussed Yocasta’s challenges and accomplishments inside and outside the classroom, and set personal, academic, and career related goals.
Yocasta is finishing up her senior year at CLA and after high school, she plans on going to La Guardia Community College, as it has the only fully accredited Veterinary Technology Program in New York City.
I’ve had a fantastic 2 years with Yocasta so far, helping her discover and work towards her goals, and cannot wait to continue our partnership (and friendship)!
I’ve also enjoyed working with the iMentor organization as a whole; their staff is amazing! A few months ago, I nominated iMentor for Google’s “New York Nonprofit Awards” and worked with several staff members to complete the written submission and pitch to Google's Community Affairs Board. We were thrilled to hear that iMentor was selected for the top prize, a $15,000 grant! I’ve also helped recruit some of my co-workers by speaking at a lunch-and-learn session at Google last spring, which is great for students who want to be paired with someone in the “Tech” industry.
Back in 2010, after meeting Yocasta and her classmates for the first few times, I was amazed to see how much the students really look up to the mentors for guidance. These low income neighborhoods do not have the funds to provide their schools with programs to show students things I took for granted in high school. When it came to thinking about applying to colleges, most students at CLA never even heard of the concept of 'safety schools' and 'reach schools'. Without mentors to guide them, most students from neighborhoods like these go into this life-changing process blindly.
That being said, I encourage you to donate or give time to this great cause. If you are not from the NYC area to volunteer as a mentee, every dollar makes a difference.
Join iMentor’s Online Donor Drive
iMentor provides youth in underserved communities with college-educated mentors who help students develop the leadership, academic, and social skills needed to succeed in high school and college.
This year, 2,400 New York City high school students will work 1:1 with their mentors to build a bright future.
The iMentor Online Donor Drive team is a dedicated group of mentors and supporters who join forces to raise awareness and funds to further iMentor’s mission. Every year, our team launches this “friendraising campaign” by making individual pages and asking friends, family, and coworkers to give to this cause that means so much to them. By making a gift or creating a page, you can join the team that is helping high school students in New York City build a bright future.
What can you do to help? DONATE TODAY!
Did you know that it costs $1,000 for iMentor to provide each mentor-mentee pair with access to quality programming and resources? Every donation given and raised—whether $10 or $1,000—will make you part of a team that is having a lasting impact on the life of a high school student.
Last year, our Donor Drive team broke our online fundraising record and brought in more than $86,000 for iMentor’s programs. This year we aim to shatter that record, and with your help, raise over $125,000!
Why We Do This
“[My mentor] helped me realize that if I want to succeed, I have to do better. She’s helped me learn the steps on how to become a better person and also a better student. I want to succeed.”–Emily, mentee
The donor drive is about Emily, and the thousands of students like her, who have the potential to do great things. In New York, only 37 percent of all students graduated high school college-ready 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.
So spread the word and get everyone in your network involved in this year’s drive. It’s not every day that you can say you helped change a life, but today can be that day.