Wi-mentor in the News!

July 17, 2009 - 12:00am

Wi-mentor, one of iMi’s earliest members, was cited in The Bridgeport News this week for connecting fabulous mentors with Bridgeport high school students. One of these matches brought together Susan L. Davis, president and CEO of St. Vincent’s Medical Center, and Denepha Edmondson, a ninth-grader at Harding High School:

“I would never have thought I would know a CEO of a hospital,” said Denepha, while sitting with Davis at a Wi-mentor dinner that allowed the mentors and mentees to meet in person.

Denepha said the Wi-mentor program is convenient. “I’m on the computer every day, so it’s a great way for me to communicate with someone,” she said.

One reason the Wi-mentor program was started is to make it easier for adults and young people to communicate regularly. Interacting by computer offers more time flexibility for participants than traditional one-on-one meetings in school settings, which is the norm for school-related mentoring programs.

Davis and Denepha usually have e-mail sessions at least once a week. Davis said Denepha likes to focus on what she likes, the challenges in her life, and what she hopes to achieve.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to work with youth and help them see the many opportunities available and the skills they will need to take advantage of those opportunities,” said Davis, an Easton resident who began her career as a registered nurse.

Read the whole article here.

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