Welcome to My 2013 Online Donor Drive Page!
Family, friends, and colleagues,
As some of you may know, for the last two and a half years I have been involved in a great program called iMentor, in which high school students from underserved NYC communities are paired with volunteer mentors. I was fortunate enough to be matched with Erik Alvarez. Within the span of our match, Erik has successfully graduated from Bronx Prep and is now attending Queens College in NYC!
A 6’2” scholar-athlete with Honduran roots, Erik loves basketball and baleadas http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baleada. As his first formal mentor, we have developed an awesome relationship. I’ve played b-ball with him over the years and was even one of his college recommendation writers. We worked together through the college application steps, including applying for financial aid. Recently, he has come with me to physical therapy to shadow my trainer; as PT is a career that Erik is very interested in pursuing.
The Donor Drive is about Erik, and the thousands of students like him who have the potential to do great things. For each mentor-mentee pair, it costs iMentor $1,000 to provide them with free access to technology tools, events, and staff support to help build strong mentoring relationships. Whether you help with $10 or $1,000, you can be part of a network of individuals making a lasting investment in the life of high school and college students like Erik.
Other compelling reasons to donate:
· I will reciprocate and donate to your cause in kind, whatever that may be.
· Your donation is tax-deductible.
· It just feels good to donate, and good things happen to good people.
· Erik and I have gnarly celebrity look-alikes – Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer for the 2nd year in a row(and Erik’s favorite player) and RU-FI-OOOOOOOO. See pictures to the left.
One last thing, if you live in the NYC area and are interested in becoming a mentor, please click here for details: http://www.imentor.org/become-a-mentor or reach out to me directly with questions.
About the Online Donor Drive
The iMentor Online Donor Drive is made up of a team of dedicated group of mentors and supporters who join forces to raise awareness and funds to further iMentor’s mission to help students in low-income communities succeed in high school and college. Every year, the team launches this “friendraising campaign” by making individual pages and asking friends, family, and coworkers to give to this cause that means so much to them. You can join the team that is helping high school students in New York City build a bright future by making a page or donating to one today!
Spread the word and get everyone in your network involved in this year’s Online Donor Drive. It’s not every day that you can say you helped change a life, but today can be that day.
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.