Welcome to my 2013 Online Donor Drive page!
As many of you know, both Jim and I are mentors to New York City high school students through iMentor. iMentor provides students in low-income communities with mentors who are dedicated to helping them succeed in college and beyond.
I’ve had the great opportunity to be matched with Elbanellys Tejeda for the past 6 months. Elbanellys is a freshman at Manhattan Bridges High School who moved here in August from El Salvador to live with her grandmother and attend school. She is so driven and focused and is a constant inspiration to me! She dreams of being a psychiatrist or opening her own store, just like her parents did. It’s has been amazing getting to know her and I am proud to have this opportunity to let you into my world as a mentor. This year, Elbanellys and I have been working on her fluency in English, her ability to tackle algebra class and creating roadmaps for her to achieve her dreams of getting into and graduation from a great college. It has been amazing seeing her slowly open up and become more brave...she misses her mother tremendously and in the past few months has really rerouted her energies toward achieving her dreams!
Help iMentor by supporting my page today. Every contribution will help support more mentor-mentee pairs like Elbanellys and me. 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.
The iMentor Online Donor Drive team is a dedicated group of mentors and supporters who join forces to fundraise for iMentor. The proceeds of this annual campaign help fund thousands of mentoring relationships that are empowering students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. During the campaign, our mentors create individual fundraising pages and ask their friends, family, and coworkers to give to this cause that means so much to them.
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. iMentor has been recognized through funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and the Robin Hood Foundation, and is a subgrantee of the federal Social Innovation Fund.
To learn more about iMentor, visit www.imentor.org or check out what it takes to become a mentor. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
All of us at iMentor thank you for your support.