My name is Dave Mosher. I'm a science and technology journalist who has mentored Brandon [at right in the photo] since he was a sophomore in high school. Over the three years we've hung out, most of the times in his Bronx school, I've found him to be a thoughtful, intelligent, caring, and riotously funny person. Well, he's about to graduate and head off to college. I like to imagine that I've helped him along the way -- he has certainly taught me a hell of lot about myself.
Before I ask you to donate a few bucks to support iMentor (the program that put us together), allow me to explain the value of the cause:
Mentoring is crucial for any kid. It provides a judgment-free sounding board and a form of guidance that friends, family, teachers and so on can't provide. It helps students get a clearer sense of who they are, who they want to be, and how to get there -- often introducing career paths they didn't know existed. Students get to befriend a person who has been through college; someone who knows what it takes to get there and succeed, and relay the true costs of higher education (and how to reign those in).
The problem is that mentoring isn't free.
We -- the mentors -- donate a lot of time and resources to feed our relationships with students, yet it takes a dedicated, full-time staff behind the curtain to grease the wheels. Successful programs like iMentor have to find and convince busy professionals to mentor the kids who need it most, keep those partnerships active and growing, provide students with guidance and resources to find an affordable path to higher education, and, you know, feed us all snacks when we meet up after school/work.
So: While I really don't like to pan-handle, this is for a certifiably good cause. The money will keep well-trained, knowledgeable, and motivated people around to pair more kids with quality mentors, support after-school enrichement programs (e.g. college tours, museum visits, ice skating outings, etc. -- events for mentors and mentees to get to know eachother and develop a healthy relationship), and provide a much-needed service to underserved communities.
Throw a few bucks their way, and know that it will do a lot of good.
Here's iMentor's pitch:
Join Team Urban Assembly for Careers in Sports as part of iMentor’s Online Donor Drive 2013! You can help us raise money to support our mentor-mentee pairs.
Click the Donate button (at right) to make a donation, or go one step further and help us fundraise and select Create Your Fundraiser. You’ll get your own fundraising page where you can share your amazing mentoring efforts with your family, friends, and other networks and encourage them to donate.
Remember: all mentors and mentees from the winning team will receive a prize!
All of us at iMentor thank you for your support.
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.