Since October, I have been serving as a mentor through an amazing non-profit organization called iMentor. iMentor partners with schools in low-income communities, where a majority of students will be first generation college students. iMentor matches every student in its partner schools with a college-educated mentor, who commits a minimum of 3 years to a single student. With the goal of sending more NYC public students to college, iMentor put together an impressively well structured program designed to build mentoring relationships that empower first-generation college students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. My mentee, Bashar, is an incredibly talented and passionate 11th grade student. Originally from Yemen, he unfortunately had to leave his country last year as the situation there became very insecure. Six months ago, he joined his family in New York, where his father was working at a grocery store. Although he barely spoke English when he came in, only using google translate to follow classes and communicate with his peers, his improvement was remarkable, thanks to his motivation and persistence, and thanks to the help of his professors who put together daily 7am English classes to help Bashar overcome the language barrier. His social skills and kindness proved to be very helpful, and he managed to have a lot of friends and to do well in his courses. As for his ideal future career, Bashar hesitates between being a policeman or working in medical research. He is aware of the challenges but is confident that his goals are achievable. I very much look forward to helping Bashar navigate through high school and enter and succeed at the college of his choice. iMentor currently has 4,000 pairs in NYC, who are working together to ensure that college is accessible for every student. As iMentor is a non-profit organization, their funding comes from many sources, including individual donors. Please support me in allowing this incredible organization foster the building of relationships that help send more students to college. It costs iMentor $1,000 to provide one mentor-mentee pair with access to iMentor’s proven college success curriculum and resources. Here is what your support can do for our iMentor’s students: - $25 allows a mentee to attend a year of iMentor events - $100 supplies a mentee with a year's access to monthly career and college preparation events - $500 provides a college application event for an entire Junior class - $1,000 supports the mentorship of one student as they work one-on-one with their mentor toward academic and personal success Please consider giving if you can. Donations big or small are welcome, and every dollar counts. If you can't give, please pass this link on to friends/family/coworkers who may be able to support. Thanks in advance for sponsoring me!