Make Amadou Great Again!
First, thank you to everyone who contributed last year. Together, we raised over $17,000, which helped 17 mentor/mentee pairs. It also made me the #2 individual fundraiser for all of iMentor last year. Rema Davis, my co-worker and nemesis was number one. Personally, I think she cheated, but I can't prove it.
Amadou and I are now in our fourth year together. It has become apparent ove the last couple of years that he is probably not going to college, but that just means we need to focus our efforts on getting him through high school and possibly working towards more of a vocational school. He is still technically in his sophomore year, but also takes some junior classes. He is also still working at the King and I still have yet to get a free Whopper. Like most kids his age, he's now rocking a new iPhone and Beats headphones whenever we meet up. I have no idea what he's watching or listening to, but the phone at least makes it easier to meet up. I think he's at least taken a pause growing, which is good considering it hurts my neck looking up for that long. #oldmanproblems. I'm hoping to get an updated picture soon, Beats headphones and all.
We have agreed to stop attending the monthly in-school events and the program directors are fine with that. The lessons are geared towards college, so it's more of a burden to make that trip up to 225 once a month. He has gone on his own, which is great. We meet more often to see movies and talk about his situation. Fortunately, I enjoy the same movies as a 19 yr old HS kid. We've seen Rogue One, Dr. Strange, Resident Evil 4000 or whatever number they are on (this one, was def not on my list of favorites), and part of the third installment of XXX. Amadou was running late for that last one, but I'm pretty sure we didn't miss anything related to what might be confused as a plot.
As, this was a 4 year commitment, this will be the last year I will reach out for this fundraiser as it relates to Amadou. I hope, he and I will continue our relationship in the future, but as for this portion, it will come to an end. Once his situation is settled, I may return and have a new mentee within the program.
Again, thanks for all the support in the past and I hope you can help me out again one more time.
If your company does charity matching and you want to use it, please let me know, so I can log it with iMentor. Again, anything is greatly appreciated.
For those of you who are new to this fundraiser or just need a refresher: iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. 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 12,000 students in New York City with mentors, and will match more than 3,500 mentor-mentee pairs this year. iMentor also provides its curriculum, technology, and best practices to nonprofits nationwide to help them run effective mentoring programs in the iMentor model. To learn more about iMentor, visit www.imentor.org or check out what it takes to become a mentor.