iMentor Incorporated

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education

Location: 30 Broad Street 9th Floor New York NY 10004 USA

Mission:

iMentor''s mission is to improve the lives of young people from underserved communities in New York City through innovative, technology-based approaches to youth mentoring and education. iMentor was founded in 1999 by hedge-fund manager John Griffin (Blue Ridge Capital), and two civil rights attorneys, Rich Buery and Matt Klein.  The program began with 49 students in one school in the South Bronx. Just ten years later, iMentor now serves 1,200 students annually and has matched and supported a total of 7,000 mentor/mentee pairs (14,000 participants), partnering with more than 30 schools and after-school programs located in some of the most underserved and economically-disadvantaged minority communities in New York City. In 2007, iMentor began helping organizations all over the world to implement high-impact mentoring programs based on our proven model with the launch of our national technical assistance program, iMentor Interactive.


Programs: iMentor NYC is a direct service, high school-based mentoring program with a focus on advancing mentees’ individual journeys towards success. Relationships are built via a unique combination of email and in-person events, which provides flexibility for volunteers, enabling professionals who would not be able to participate in a traditional mentoring program to get involved. We pair mentors—100% of whom hold bachelors degrees—with young people who are most in need of role models. A great majority of mentees are minorities, with 83% living below the poverty line; 70% of mentees’ parents are immigrants and only 15% of parents have a BA. The success of this program is demonstrated by the fact that 94% of eligible mentees graduated from high school after the 2007-08 program year (compared to New York City’s average graduation rate of 60.7%) and 77% enrolled in college. By facilitating academic achievement, relationships with mentors are effectively changing the trajectory of mentees’ lives. 

iMentor recruits, screens, trains and matches volunteer mentors with students living in New York City neighborhoods, and supports the relationships; designs technology-focused educational projects that allow mentors and mentees to collaborate with one another; trains teachers and staff of youth agencies to become comfortable with technology and to implement our programs; and develops web-based applications that allow other agencies to run their own email mentoring programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I can speak from my personal experience about the impact that iMentor makes on the lives of inner city youth here in New York City. In 2000 - 2001 school year, I was mentored through this program. My mentor was that additional support I needed to accomplish goals like applying to college and preparing for an internship interview my senior year. She is still involved in my life. Six years later, I am proudly volunteering with iMentor as a mentor, and the experience has truly been rewarding. I can't begin to say how amazing it's been to just be there for someone in the same way someone was there for me during high school. I would reccommend this volunteer opportunity to anyone who is looking to make a tangible difference in the life of a young person, but also feels the demands of work/school/family. iMentor makes it easier for the busy professional to volunteer by doing all the work for you. The meeting schedule, ideas for email interaction, etc. is all done for you. All you have to do is show up, be yourself, and keep in touch with your mentee. And in just a few emails, you will feel that connection with your mentee, and you will see what I'm talking about!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the impact it's made on my life, and the impact I've seen it make on the students involved in the program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing my mentees mature and make good decisions that they came to me for advice on.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, enthusiastic, and easy to work with.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

iMentor is a high-impact, smart organization that has made a tangible difference in thousands of teen's lives. All backed by a great, thoughtful staff.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

iMentor has changed the lives of dozens of teens I've met. Every one of the students appears motivated, changed for the better and actually grateful for everything their mentors give.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

iMentor makes it easy for professionals to volunteer their time through efficient use of technology.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Intelligent and caring. A wonderful combination.

Ways to make it better...

I wish I had known about iMentor years ago.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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