Derek Tian via Crowdrise
February 17, 2012
As some of you know already, I volunteer with iMentor, a great and truly impactful mentoring organization. Upon the very first training session, I was immediately drawn to the great people involved in this organization as well as their mission and methodology. Their e-mail and in person based mentoring structure allows incredible flexibility in developing the relationship with your mentee, which is a particular necessity for a busy entrepreneur like me, and busy professionals like many of you. The commitment is a 1 hour a week email and a 2 hour monthly in person meeting. The curriculum is well designed and well executed and the best part is the impact you can make in the life of an underserved NYC teenager.
I have been matched with my mentee Donovan since November of 2011 and we'll figure out the crazy curveballs life throws your way together all the way through his high school graduation in 2014. If this is a program you might be interested in joining, please please please do so right now! They are in urgent need of more mentors, especially guys.
In the mean time, please support me, Donovan, and the iMentor mission by making a donation to the 2012 iMentor Online Donor Drive here. $10 is the online minimum but any amount will help. If you'd like to donate in person, holler at me!
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Thanks in advance!!
iMentor leverages the power of mentoring to help youth in low-income communities graduate high school college-ready and succeed in college. Students and mentors work one-on-one through iMentor’s online and in-person curriculum to navigate the college application process and build critical skills linked to college success. In New York City, iMentor partners with public schools to ensure every student in the school receives a mentor. Since 1999, iMentor has connected 7,000 students in New York City with mentors, and will match 2,400 mentor-mentee pairs this year. iMentor also provides its curriculum, technology, and best practices to more than 30 nonprofits in 20 states to help them run effective mentoring programs in the iMentor model. iMentor has been recognized through funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, New Profit, and the Robin Hood Foundation, and is a subgrantee of the federal Social Innovation Fund.
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Join iMentor’s Online Donor Drive
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 to help students in low-income communities succeed in high school and college. 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.
You can join the team that is helping high school students in New York City build a bright future by making a page or donating to one today!
Donor Drive Makes a Difference
Funds raised will help iMentor match 2,400 students with mentors this year. It costs $1,000 for iMentor to provide each mentor-mentee pair with access to quality programming and resources. Every donation you give or raise—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 to support mentor-mentee pairs in New York City.
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. Students in low-income communities need the support from mentors to graduate high school and succeed in college. In New York, only 37 percent of all students graduated high school college-ready in 2011. 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 graduate high school, navigate the college application process, and develop critical skills that lead to college success.
Spread the word and get everyone in your network involved in this year’s Online Donor Drive. It’s not every day that you can say you helped change a life, but today can be that day.