The Morrison & Foerster Foundation Awards Grant to iMentor
iMentor has been awarded a $250,000 grant from The Morrison & Foerster Foundation, the charitable foundation of the law firm Morrison & Foerster, to help us launch our College Ready Program at three New York City public high schools. iMentor is among a group of 16 youth-development organizations across the country to receive the funding as part of the Foundation’s $1.5 million 25th Anniversary grant. Since its establishment, the Foundation has awarded over $33 million in charitable contributions to nonprofit organizations.
“Since 2000, a formidable team of Morrison & Foerster attorneys has assisted iMentor with a number of pro bono projects related to strategic and business planning, operations and compliance, and crisis support,” said iMentor CEO Mike O’Brien. “iMentor is now honored to be among the recipients of The Morrison & Foerster Foundation’s 25th Anniversary grant. We look forward to utilizing this generous support to facilitate more transformative mentoring relationships in communities throughout New York City.”
With the addition of these three schools, iMentor has grown to include 19 school partners in four New York City boroughs. In the 2012-2013 school year, iMentor will use the funding to provide 300 local students from these schools with college-educated mentors, bringing our total served to 2,400 students citywide.
iMentor’s College Ready Program focuses on preparing students for college beginning in their freshman year of high school and extending through their senior year. Mentors and mentees are matched in 4-year mentoring relationships that allow them to work together to research colleges, fill out college and financial aid applications, and help mentees prepare for a successful transition to college.
"We are delighted to make one of our impact grants to iMentor. iMentor's College Ready Program shows tremendous potential to make a long term difference among New York City young adults," said Paul Friedman, a member of Morrison & Foerster's executive committee who chairs The Foundation. "There is nothing more important to increased employment and earning potential, as well as to self-esteem, than a college education. iMentor levels the playing field for underserved students and makes college attainable."
The grant will also be used to further develop and evaluate iMentor’s innovative mentoring curriculum, which helps students develop skills linked to college success, including critical thinking, social capital, and self-advocacy.
iMentor and Morrison & Foerster share a 12-year history of collaboration and commitment to help students in New York City’s low-income communities achieve their college goals. We’re thrilled to expand this work through our new partnership with The Morrison & Foerster Foundation.