Dear Friends and Family,
As many of you know, I volunteer with a great organization called iMentor and co-chair its Young Executive Board. I'm in my sixth year as a volunteer and have had the good fortune to have three exceptional mentees, each of whom has been a great source of inspiration.
iMentor provides a truly unique forum for pairing NYC professionals with high school students from underserved communities. My current mentee, Juan, is a freshman at Juan Morel Campos school in Brooklyn. Yes, this means that I leave the island from time to time and return to my ancestral homeland. We are starting on a multi-year journey that will take him all the way through high school and on to college. Our focus right now is to lay the foundations of test-taking skills, writing skills, and time management.
I've had a lot of fun getting to know my mentees, and I think I've learned a lot from them and from the experience of being a mentor. It's a bit daunting to feel like I was in college yesterday and then suddenly find out that now I'm supposed to be a responsible role-model. But iMentor does a phenomenal job of creating and nurturing these rewarding relationships, and I have no doubt that the city and the world into which these great students will venture are better off for it.
If you're concerned about the educational opportunity and achievement gaps in America, I hope you will consider volunteering your time or making a small donation to iMentor--an innovative non-profit whose mission directly addresses this critical issue.
Thanks very much for your support!
And now, a few words from iMentor...
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.