Annually, we measure the efficacy of our program through rigorous data collection and analysis. Our 2016 Impact Report presents a snapshot of the college outcomes our students are achieving.

2016 Impact Report


At iMentor, we are constantly learning, refining, and growing through research, evaluation, and reflection. We are currently tracking college outcomes for 4,228 students nationally from 2009-2016. 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.

Student Outcome Tracking Student Outcome Tracking
  • 26,491
    students
    matched with mentors since 1999

  • 7,418
    mentoring pairs
    will be supported in the 2016-17 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

25% higher rate than their peers at academically and demographically similar 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.

  • 91% applied to at least one college

  • 81% submitted FAFSA

  • 90% of students who applied were accepted

Foundation for Success

Students and mentors work together to develop a foundation for success in college and beyond.

  • 98% developed study strategies to help improve academic performance
  • 90% created a college plan and set goals
  • 90% researched potential colleges
  • 88% developed interview and workplace skills

Seeing my mentee become more confident and focused has been an awesome experience. He’s starting to think bigger - about college, his career, and his future. In turn, he has challenged me to think bigger about the world.

Mentor, iMentor NYC

Strength of Relationship

Building strong relationships between mentors and students is the foundation of our program. Over our 17 years, we’ve honed in on the science of building and measuring the strength of these bonds.

Mentors and students develop trust and candor.

  • 87% of students trust their mentors
  • 81% of students are open and honest with their mentors
  • 78% of students go to their mentors when they need support
  • 85% of students are satisfied with their match

My mentor is a big help to me in everything inside and outside of school. The college process is hard and I know college won't be easy, but with her help I know that I can get through it.

Student, iMentor Chicago

Our Students and Mentors

We are partnering with 41 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.

  • 72% of students will be first-generation college graduates
  • 26% of mentors are first-generation college graduates
  • 88% of students identify as people of color
  • 40% of mentors identify as people of color
  • 83% 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.
  • 83% of mentors consider themselves advocates for youth education
  • 76% of mentors report feeling knowledgeable about the challenges facing young people living in low-income communities