Some of you have heard me talk about iMentor and for others this will be the first you hear about it. It is a mentoring program that matches NYC professionals with high school students. The mentors/mentees email each other once a week via the iMentor website and meet in person once a month at sponsored events. These are the minimum requirements for the program but over time more frequent communication occurs and is encouraged.
I have worked with iMentor since 2008 and just began my 4th match. My new mentee is a Freshman named Jonathan and I'll be his Mentor through out his High School career. As a mentor, I look forward to helping him set his goals and to do everything I can to help him achieve them. I'll introduce him to available resources as well as share my experiences to show him that if he puts in the hard work anything is possible.
My first three Mentees (Nelson, Raheen and Anderson) were students who benefited from the iMentor experience as they expanded their options beyond high school through our relationship and the topics introduced by iMentor. I worked with each student for a specific amount of time officialy through iMentor but they all know I am always a phone call or email away if they need advice or guidance.
Growing up in the Bronx, I understand that it can be difficult to find positive role models and mentors to help guide a young person in the right direction. People who know me know that I am very grateful for everyone who has acted as a Mentor or a Role Model as I have progressed through my life. I take pride in this opportunity to do the same for Jonathan now. I was the Co-Chair of the Young Executive Board for 3 years at iMentor and I continue to look for other ways to assist in the continued success of the life changing mentoring program.
I know there is never a good time to ask for money but please consider donating to iMentor. Come on...skip one meal out or a few drinks after work. That money could really make a difference for the students who participate in this great program. If you can, please forward to anyone else who you think may be interested in donating. MOST IMPORTANTLY - consider becoming a Mentor yourself.
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The iMentor Challenge is an annual mentor-driven campaign that raises awareness and funds to further iMentor’s mission. The proceeds of this campaign help support thousands of mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. During the campaign, mentors create individual fundraising pages and ask friends, family, and coworkers to sponsor their mentoring commitment by making a donation.
To learn more about iMentor, visit www.imentor.org
ABOUT IMENTOR iMentor provides youth in underserved communities with college-educated mentors who help students develop the leadership, academic, and social skills needed to graduate high school college ready and succeed in college. Mentors send one weekly email on a topic that iMentor provides and meet their mentees once a month at a group event that iMentor organizes.