Annually, we measure the efficacy of our program through rigorous data collection and analysis. Our 2017 Impact Report presents a snapshot of the college outcomes our students are achieving.

2017 Impact Report

At iMentor, we are constantly learning, refining, and growing through research, evaluation, and reflection. We are currently tracking college outcomes for nearly 6,000 students nationally from 2009-2017. While the ultimate measure of our success is whether our students graduate college, we also measure the short-term outcomes that students and mentors in our program are achieving each year.

iMentor Student Tracking_2018

  • 29,570
    matched with mentors since 1999

  • 8,411
    mentoring pairs
    will be supported in the 2017–18 program year

Achieving at Higher Rates

iMentor students are enrolling, persisting, and graduating at higher rates than their peers.


NYC Peer School Analysis

iMentor students enroll in college at a

29% higher rate than their peers at academically and demographically similar NYC and Chicago schools.

Navigating the College Process

Navigating the college application process is complicated, especially for first-generation, college-bound students. The iMentor program effectively supports students every step of the way.

  • 89% submitted FAFSA

  • 95% applied to at least one college

  • 98% of students who applied were accepted

Foundation for Success

In the 11th and 12th grade, pairs work together to deepen and personalize the mentee’s post-secondary plan while also further developing fundamental skills necessary for success in college and beyond.

  • 89% developed study strategies to help improve academic performance
  • 86% created a college plan and set goals
  • 97% researched potential colleges
  • 71% developed interview and workplace skills

I'll be the first one in my family to go to college. Having a mentor helps a lot, because you have someone by your side working with you whenever you need help, guiding you through everything so you're not lost. You always have them in front of you, so you stay on the right path.

Sandra, mentee, iMentor Chicago

Strength of Relationship

Building strong relationships between mentors and students is the foundation of our program. Over our 19 years, we’ve honed in on the science of building and measuring the strength of these bonds.

Mentors and students develop trust and candor.

  • 90% of students trust their mentors
  • 89% of students are open and honest with their mentors
  • 88% of students feel their mentor is important to them
  • 87% of students are satisfied with their match

When we started this journey together, I don’t know if either one of us really knew what to expect. Now, I’m excited for Kevin to have the college experience and the opportunity to become the person he’s meant to be.

Adam, mentor, iMentor NYC

Our Students and Mentors

We are partnering with 44 public high schools in communities across the country where a majority of the students will be first-generation college graduates.

We match every student in our partner schools with a mentor — a personal champion to help them prepare for and succeed in college. Our mentors come from an array of backgrounds and professional fields.

  • 70% of students will be first-generation college graduates
  • 28% of mentors are first-generation college graduates
  • 94% of students identify as people of color
  • 42% of mentors identify as people of color
  • 88% of students’ families qualify for free and reduced lunch
  • 100% of mentors have a college degree
Mentors are attuned to the unique needs of first-generation college students.
  • 91% of mentors consider themselves advocates for youth education
  • 91% of mentors report feeling knowledgeable about the challenges facing young people living in low-income communities