Stanley Pays It Forward in the Baltimore iMentor Challenge

All month, mentors in Charm City have been generating excitement for the Baltimore iMentor Challenge. This community-driven campaign will help support students and ensure that we can provide more students with mentors each year.

In a year that has brought challenges to so many students—the impact of COVID-19, remote schooling, and the struggle for racial justice—we have been working to make sure students have the best support possible to stay on track to navigate high school and achieve their post-secondary goals.

By taking part in the Baltimore iMentor Challenge, donors are joining hundreds of other supporters who are investing in four initiatives that will benefit students this year: a redesigned curriculum for remote learning, funding and resources for urgent student needs, 200 new mentoring relationships, and efforts to advancing racial and educational equity.

Today we spotlight Stanley Blackwell, who talks with us about his experience serving as a mentor to Jai’Heim. Be sure to check out Stanley’s fundraising campaign!

What do you love about being a mentor?

I love being a mentor because I have the opportunity to be a positive influence in someone's life, just as many were for me. I am able to pay it forward. I'm able to help develop young people into adults.

Why is educational equity important to you?

Educational equity is important because everyone deserves the same opportunities to achieve academic goals. A quality education allows individuals to compete in the workforce.