iMentor Blog

iMentor Receives BBBS NYC Mentoring Award*

Posted on January 24, 2008 - 1:00am
Kimberley Ednie (2nd from left) accepts the award on behalf of iMentor.

In honor of the 10th Anniversary of their Mentoring Supervisor Certificate Program[UPDATE LINK], Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City hosted a Celebration Luncheon and Alumni Awards on January 23rd. iMentor was selected from among BBBS’s 900 alumni for the Longevity Award, granted to an outstanding mentoring program that has provided long-term, quality mentoring in New York City. BBBS’s Julia Schwartz, Education and Legislation Manager, spoke to a large audience of NYC mentoring professionals about iMentor’s innovative, technology-based approach to mentoring and our enormous success in creating 5,000 matches over the past 8 years.


iMentor would like to thank Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City, in particular the Center for Training and Professional Development[UPDATE LINK], for their long-standing commitment to youth development agencies who seek to develop and implement mentoring “best practices” and quality programming. Accepting on behalf of iMentor was Managing Director of Programs, Kimberley Ednie, a 2007 alumna of BBBS’s acclaimed Mentoring Supervisor Certificate Program.

Where Our Mentees Come From

Posted on January 24, 2008 - 1:00am

iMentor's 2007-08 Partner Sites

View all iMentor 2007-08 Partner Sites

People ask us all the time how we select mentees to enroll in the iMentor program. This is a crucial decision for mentoring programs and there are several approaches. Some organizations allow mentees to “opt-in,” to nominate themselves or to be recommended for the program by family members, teachers or community leaders. iMentor takes a different approach.

Our Philosophy

We believe strongly in serving the New York City youth that can benefit the most from mentoring and work hard to assure we are connecting our volunteer mentors with high school students living in communities other mentoring programs cannot reach. We feel that the students who need mentoring the most are not necessarily the students that will ask for a mentor, or have an advocate who will connect them to a mentoring program. To this end, iMentor’s selection process begins by:

(1) Identifying the communities in New York City that are the most economically and geographically isolated (traditionally the same communities that have the most difficultly finding and engaging mentors); and

(2) Finding dynamic schools and after school programs to enroll a cohort of students and to assist us in facilitating the program.

What Partner Sites Provide

Each of our partner sites enrolls 50 - 100 students and integrates iMentor into the school’s culture. Partner Sites allow us to assure that all mentees have regular access to email and the internet, as well as support for their participation in the program. Each partner sites provides a volunteer teacher to work closely with out staff and one-to-two hours per week in a computer lab where students can read emails from their mentors and compose a reply. This model allows iMentor to establish a “culture of mentoring” in these schools and after school programs, creating a feeling shared of engagement among mentees as they embark on this new experience as well as a network of working professionals that can become advocates for our mentees’ schools and communities.

These partner sites are integral to iMentor’s success and we thank all of our 2007-08 partners for their dedication to the program.

Learn about all of our 2007-08 Partner Sites.

Interested in becoming a partner site? Find out how!

iMentor Invited to the White House*

Posted on January 23, 2008 - 1:00am

iMentor has been invited to the White House! On Wednesday, January 23, 2008, iMentor will participate in a Compassion in Action Roundtable, titled “Faith-Based and Community Mentoring that Changes Lives.” convened by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Hosted by OFBCI Director Jay Hein and keynoted by America's Promise Alliance[UPDATE LINK] Chief Executive Officer Marguerite Kondracke, the roundtable brought together government officials, policymakers, business leaders, foundation representatives, philanthropists and faith-based and community leaders to highlight innovative and effective policies and partnerships in mentoring and ways President Bush’s Faith-Based and Community Initiative is working to transform lives. President Bush proclaimed January 2008 as National Mentoring Month and called on all Americans to recognize the importance of mentoring, to look for opportunities to serve as mentors in their communities, and to observe this month with appropriate activities and programs.

Learn more about this series of Compassion in Action Roundtables and the Office of Faith-Based and Community Issues HERE.

iMentor Joins the America's Promise Alliance*

Posted on January 19, 2008 - 1:00am

In January, iMentor was asked to join the prestigious America’s Promise Alliance. The America’s Promise Alliance is the nation’s largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth. The Alliance leads the way in forging multi-sector partnerships, bringing together:

  • Businesses
  • Youth-serving organizations
  • Elected officials
  • Educators
  • Faith groups
  • Funders
  • Individuals of all ages

Alliance Partners[UPDATE LINK] dedicate themselves to work jointly for the success of our young people, using the Five Promises framework to shape their efforts and improve the odds for youth. Together, Alliance partners are working on our National Action Strategies[UPDATE LINK] to deliver more of the Five Promises[UPDATE LINK] to 15 million children in the next five years.

iMentor will be leveraging its iMentor Interactive national program to collaborate on the America’s Promise Alliance work around integrating mentoring into its National Action Strategies.

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