Mentoring Works. If you help me reach my goal of $1,000, I will put your money to good work in TWO ways, and run a half marathon on May 2nd.

To all my friends, family, and mentors:

As many of you know, I am a program coordinator for an amazing organization called iMentor. iMentor connects New York City professionals with high school students from low-income communities through event and internet-based mentoring, and I am the one who oversees these relationships.

As many of you may also know, I am NOT a runner. However, I've decided to put my pride (and my legs) on the line and sign up for the Long Island Half Marathon (http://www.thelimarathon.com) on May 2nd. My goal is to raise $1,000 for iMentor between now and April 19th , and I hope you can help me acheive that goal and put your money towards TWO good causes: 1) Allowing iMentor to further develop and grow its programming, and 2) Finally forcing me to run the race that I've been talking about for 2 years!

I've been amazed and inspired by the bonds I've seen pairs develop, and the leaps and bounds students have made towards graduation and college upon enrollment in the iMentor program. 92% of eligible mentees graduated from high school after the 2009 program year (compared to New York City's average graduation rate of 60.7%), and 82% enrolled in college. This upcoming year alone, iMentor will match 1,800 young people with 1,800 mentors in New York City - and in order to do this we need your help. I know that times are tough for everyone but if you are looking to donate to a worthy cause, here it is.

Please consider making a donation to help me reach my goal. Every bit helps! To learn more about iMentor, visit their website at www.imentor.org.

Thank you,

Ashley

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