Mentoring Works. Help me reach my goal so that many more underserved youth can be connected to caring mentors.
Dear Friends & Family:
Some of you have heard me talk about iMentor and for others this will be the first you hear about it. It is a mentoring program that matches NYC professionals with high school students. The mentors/mentees email each other once a week via the iMentor website and meet in person once a month at sponsored events. These are the minimum requirements for the program but over time more frequent communication occurs and is encouraged.
I am very lucky to be matched with Nelson. He is an 18-year-old senior who attends Careers in Sports High School located in the South Bronx. He is very mature and family oriented. Nelson comes off as shy at first but once you get him talking you see that he is very out going and social. He looks after his younger siblings as if they were his own children. I signed up for the two-year program so I have been with Nelson since the start of his junior year. Over the last year and a half we have gotten to know each other better and that helps build our relationship so I know how I can be the be best Mentor I can be for him. I will be partnered with Nelson until he graduates and we have been asked by iMentor to participate in their alumni program. I am very lucky to be a source of support and guidance as he makes important choices about where to attend college and what he’ll choose as a major.
Growing up in the Bronx, I understand that it can be difficult to find positive role models and mentors to help guide a young person in the right direction. People who know me know that I am very grateful for everyone who has acted as a Mentor or a Role Model as I have progressed through my life. I take pride in this opportunity to do the same for Nelson now. I am also a newly appointed member of the Young Executive Board for iMentor as I look for other ways to assist in the continued success of the program.
I know there is never a good time to ask for money but please consider donating to iMentor. Come on...skip one meal out or a few drinks after work. That money could really make a difference for the students who participate in this great program. If you can, please forward to anyone else who you think may be interested in donating. MOST IMPORTANTLY - consider becoming a Mentor yourself.
P.S. I am competing against other mentors so check out the Leader Board (http://www.razoo.com/p/iMentor-Online-Donor-Drive) periodically to see if I make the cut. Also feel free to pass this message along to your friends. Every bit helps!