For the past four years, I've been mentoring a high school student from a low-income community in New York. My weekly interactions with Michael have been through the non-profit organization iMentor, and focused on building a long-term relationship with Michael and preparing him for college success.
Please support me and my mentee Michael through a donation to iMentor. Every $1,000 raised can provide a high-school student with a mentor for an entire school year.
Michael is a high school senior this year and in the process of applying to colleges. He is still undecided in his major, but considering schools that offer both business and engineering disciplines. Either way, he will become the first in his family to attend college.
Achieving a four-year degree gives students their best chance at breaking the intergenerational education and poverty gap that many low-income families face. Unfortunately, only 60% of low-income students graduate high school, and <15% will earn a college degree.
iMentor aims to close this gap through an innovative mentoring model utilizing whole-school partnerships, strong mentor-mentee relationships, and an expert designed curriculum & technology platform. This approach has enabled iMentor to be uniquely successful. This year alone, iMentor will pair more than 5,000 students with 1:1 mentors. In 2013, iMentor saw over 97% of students enroll in college (compared with 60% average for low-income communities), and 83% of students who entered college persist to their second year (compared with 66% national average for first-generation college students).
I have also seen iMentor's success first hand with Michael's own development. Over the past four years, I have helped and observe Michael establish his goal of achieving a four-year degree, identify majors and schools that interest him, build understanding of what it takes to succeed in college, and find ways to make his college goal financially attainable for him and his family.
Please consider making a donation to iMentor to my efforts, and if you are interested in learning more about the program or are considering getting involved, please just send me an email.