Five months ago, I became a mentor to a high school freshman named Casius Thomas. Casius and I were matched in a program called iMentor, which helps empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. As part of the program, Casius and I will exchange frequent emails and meet regularly over the next four years.
Casius attends high school in Canarsie, Brooklyn. He moved here from St. Lucia a few years ago and lives with his father, while his mother remains in St. Lucia. Although our backgrounds are different, we have a great deal in common. We both share a passion for sports, particularly basketball, and for music. We embrace common values of family, respect and hard work.
Casius is extremely driven. He would like to attend a college far from home and to participate in a study abroad program. After his career in the NBA, Casius wants to become an engineer. He cares deeply for his family, and his goal is to become successful and to one day provide for them. I am excited to see all that Casius will accomplish.
I chose to join iMentor because I believe in the power of mentors to influence lives. We have all had mentors who have shaped us and helped us to achieve. I hope to impart to Casius an understanding and appreciation for college and to help prepare him to succeed in college and beyond.
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.
It costs $1,000 a year to support each mentor / mentee pair and ensure they have access to quality programming and resources. I ask that you consider making a donation to help make a lasting difference in Casius’ life.