As many of you may know, iMentor is a huge part of my life.
I began volunteering as a mentor in 2004 and now, nine years later, I continue to serve as a volunteer mentor while working at iMentor as a Special Projects Manager.
One of my first mentees, Nelly, will be graduating from Brooklyn College shortly with a degree in Theatre. I joke that I "ruined" her because when we first were matched, she wanted to work for NASA. I took her to see a Broadway show and I guess that was that. Nelly has always been very creative - we both shared a love of music, reading and writing and I'm so thrilled that she found a skill and love for the technical aspects of Theatre. So, she's still building things - maybe not rockets or satellites, but sets, props and costumes and still using all of her great science and math skills!
I'm currently mentoring a student named Cheyenne at Willamsburg Prep who is in the process of applying to college with a hope to major in computer engineering. I'm hopeful that she'll be accepted to many colleges and have lots of options come May 1st when it comes time to decide where to further her education.
For me, iMentor is more than just a place to volunteer and it's more than just a paycheck and place to work. iMentor is my friends, my family and my community. I love being a part of and working for an organization that is making a difference every day.
Financial support from you would mean the world to me. But, if you can't donate, would you consider applying to be a mentor? Check out the information below!
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.