Welcome! I'm psyched to support iMentor and particularly mentorship at the Academy for Software Engineering. I learned to code for the first time in college and despite really enjoying it, I felt late to the game and I was one of very few women. Software's impact on our lives has only increased since then, so I'm extremely passionate about sharing opportunities in the field with high school students.
Since October 2012, I've been lucky to serve as a mentor to an AFSE student through iMentor. iMentor provides students in low-income communities with mentors who are dedicated to helping them succeed in college and beyond. AFSE is trailblazing education by integrating principls of computer science throughout the high school curriculum.
I was fortunate to get matched with Esi, a friendly, enthusastic young woman who I'm sure is going to make an awesome programmer and leader. We see each other at least once a month and email at least once a week thanks to the iMentor program. We talk about the real reasons for learning (not just pleasing parents or teachers), and about setting goals for ourselves and how we can impact the world. It's a tremendous experience for me and, I hope, a positive influence on Esi.
I hope you'll support us and the program however you can, by spreading the word and/or donating today!
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 11,000 students in New York City with mentors, and will match more than 2,400 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.