Rita Delfonce via Crowdrise
February 24, 2012
Welcome to Rita's 2012 Online Donor Drive Page!
As many of you know, I am a mentor to a New York City high school student through iMentor. iMentor provides youth in low-income 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 one-on-one with their mentors to build a bright future.
I’ve had the great opportunity to be matched with Apryl for the past four months. Apryl is a Freshman in HS at Juan Campos who loves dogs, basketball and hanging out with friends. Every week, Apryl and I exchange emails and we meet once a month in person. It’s has been amazing getting to know her and I am proud to have this opportunity to let you into my world as a mentor.
The Donor Drive is about Apryl, and the thousands of students like her who have the potential to do great things. For each mentor-mentee pair, it costs iMentor $1,000 to provide them with free access to technology tools, events, and staff support to help build strong mentoring relationships. Whether you help with $10 or $1,000, you can be part of a network of individuals making a lasting investment in the life of a high school student like Apryl.
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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.