Sameer Munshi via Crowdrise
March 31, 2013
As many of you know, I've been working with a great organization called iMentor since 2010, both as a mentor and on its Young Executive Board. The program matches high school students from low-income communities with college-educated professionals like me, to help guide the students to graduate high school and enroll in college.
If you aren't aware of New York City's discomforting high school graduation rates, take a look at some of the numbers:
- NYC High School Graduation Rate 2011: 65%
- iMentor NYC High School Graduation Rate 2011: 83%
Put in other words:
- Over 1/3 of New York high schoolers DO NOT GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL!!
- Through iMentor, high school students are twice as likely to graduate from high school!
Give that a few seconds to sink in...
In 2012, my mentee John graduated high school with the highest grade in his senior class and was accepted to college. Just a year prior, John was the (self-desribed) class clown who didn't see the point of college. Thanks to iMentor, John experienced a life-changing transformation and proved that our underserved youth can achieve their bright potential with just a little guidance.
It’s no accident things worked out so well for John. iMentor has been successfully matching students for the past 12 years! The program is continuously growing, and as you can imagine, it costs money to support each of the current 2.400 mentor-student pairs. So whether you can donate $10 or $1,000, I ask that you consider helping this amazing program.
For those of you in New York, if you haven’t already, please check out the website and consider becoming a Mentor.
Thanks everyone for taking the time to read about a cause I’m incredibly passionate about.
So, how does iMentor do it?
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.