As you may know, last spring I changed jobs and became Chief Regional Officer of a national organization called iMentor. I was drawn to iMentor because of its mission of building meaningful relationships by joining public high school students who would be the first in their family to attend college with college-educated professionals who volunteer to help their mentee achieve a college degree. iMentor serves 4,000 students in New York City, and another 4,000 across the country.
If you have 4 minutes, check out this video – it captures both the challenge and the opportunity of our program, and I dare you not to grab a tissue as Miah tries to find out if she was accepted and will be the first person in her family to go to college.
In addition to working for iMentor, I also volunteer as a mentor at Union Square Academy in Manhattan. My mentee, Edwidge (pictured above), is an incredible soul who strives every day to reach her full potential. She is from the Bronx, lives with her mother and two younger siblings, and is aspiring to become a dental hygienist. Edwidge and I have a lot of similarities, but there is also a great deal that I am learning from her - her positivity, bright outlook on life, and the way that she always tries her best are all teaching me about being a better friend, mother, leader, and mentor.
Relationships like mine & Edwidge's are only possible because of the generosity of our mentors, foundations, corporate partners, and friends - and that’s why I’m reaching out. I’m asking if you’d consider helping us by making a contribution.
Thank you in advance for anything you can do - every donation makes a difference!