"iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions." (via iMentor's mission)
Building Meaningful Connections
Since 1999, the youth development nonprofit iMentor has matched over 13,000 college-educated mentors with underserved, low-income, public high school students in New York City. iMentor partners with individual institutions—at present, at least 15 high schools in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Brooklyn—to build relationships between adults and kids in the hope of stemming drop-out trends and failed college transitions more common among at-risk youth. The organization's 4-year College Ready Program and 3-year College Transition Program shepherd students into, through, and past high school with a values-based curriculum and the trained volunteers who work by it.
Achieving Results and Moving Forward
In recent years over 95% of iMentor students have completed college applications. Compared with low-income high school graduates across the country, iMentor students' college enrollment rate is 50% higher; their retention rate after the first year is almost 30% higher. iMentor's measurable success gets translated outside of NYC, too, into individual programs that adopt the iMentor model—its curriculum, professional resources, and online learning platform—to pair local adults with emerging college students nationwide. This fall, iMentor will partner in a larger way with the public high schools of the city of Chicago, where it plans to mentor upwards of 400 students in its first year.
Image from Hyde Leadership Charter School