As many of you know, I am a mentor to a New York City high school student through iMentor. iMentor provides students in low-income communities with mentors who are dedicated to helping them succeed in college and beyond. I joined iMentor because I know just how much having a mentor helped me in my life during HS and college. Having a mentor helped keep me motivated and on the track to succeed, during times when I didn't know how to start, through the times when I was filled with so much self-doubt that all I wanted to do was quit. I want to be able to do the same for someone else and iMentor gives me that opportunity.
Through iMentor, I’ve had the opportunity to be matched with Nicole for the past few months. Nicole is a junior at HSSL in Brooklyn. Nicole is really ambitious, hardworking and focused on going to college. It's been great getting to know her, and seeing just how similar her goals and worries are to that of mine when I was in high school.
This year, Nicole and I have been working on getting to know each-other, helping her understand what she needs to get into college, and getting over the financial barrier mind-set. While we've only been paired for a few months, I've already begun to see how much more confident Nicole is in her ability to get into a good college and be able to afford it! Being Nicole's mentor has also helped me see just how far I've come. I've started to really appreciate all the hard times I've gone through, and how pushing through those challenges/mistakes has made me better prepared to handle situations today.
It costs $1,000 a year to support a pair and ensure they have access to quality programming and resources. So whether you contribute $10 or $1,000, your involvement makes you part of a network of individuals who are making a lasting investment in the life of a high school student.Help iMentor by supporting my page. (please!)
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.