2019 Impact Report


At iMentor, we are constantly learning, refining, and growing through research, evaluation, and reflection. We are currently tracking college outcomes for nearly 10,000 students nationally since 2009. 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 works to identify the most rigorous comparisons to contextualize our outcomes.


We have identified two high quality comparison points: The first is a "peer school analysis" we conduct in each city where we operate. The second uses data from the National Student Clearinghouse focused on high schools where more than 75% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

College Outcomes vs. Peer Schools

Graph of college outcomes comparing iMentor to the national average.

College Outcomes vs. National Comparison

Graph of college outcomes comparing iMentor to the national average.

Our Students and Mentors

We believe that all people deserve an equitable chance to pursue their ambitions. Our program builds authentic mentoring relationships across difference in order to bring greater equity to our students' educational journeys.

35,948 students matched with mentors since 1999

9,417 mentoring pairs will be supported in the 2019–20 program year

  • 68% of students will be first-generation graduates

  • 93% of students identify as people of color

  • 87% of students’ families qualify for free and reduced lunch

  • 29% of mentors are first-generation college graduates

  • 44% of mentors identify as people of color

  • 68% of mentors speak two or more languages

Strength of Relationship

The bond between mentors and mentees ensures that every student has a champion.

  • 93% of students trust their mentors
  • 93% of students are open and honest with their mentors
  • 90% of students feel their mentor is important to them
  • 90% of students are satisfied with their match
  • 86% of mentoring pairs developed study strategies to help improve academic performance
  • 97% of mentors say their relationship to their mentee is very important to them

Working with Andrew has been a growing experience. I spend much of my time trying to figure out how to help him avoid the pitfalls of my teenage years and find the best ways to advocate for and expose him to enriching opportunities. As a man of color, I believe it’s important for young men of color to see me doing something positive. I hope to inspire them to believe they can also be successful.

– John, mentor, iMentor Chicago

College Aspirations

The iMentor curriculum helps students understand the benefits of college and the importance of preparation in high school for post-secondary success.

Navigating the College Process

With the support of mentors, students work toward college success and plan to pursue their career aspirations.

  • 79% of students submitted FAFSA
  • 94% of students applied to at least one college
  • 98% of students who applied were accepted.

Berna is my mentor and she supported me through my toughest challenges in high school, including passing my geometry regents exam. She gave me confidence, telling me that no matter how many times I failed, I shouldn’t give up and there are still plenty of ways I can achieve my goal.

Berna, thank you so much for all the effort, the trips you made to get to me, the time you took to talk to me, all the support to push me to do my best.

— Camila, mentee, iMentor NYC