It will help iMentor continue to grow and help NYC's youth

I wrote this as a blog article a few months ago.. so I share my story with you!

One of my favorite Michael Jackson songs before he died was (and still is) "Man in the Mirror.". It wasn't until he passed that the message of the song really began to resonate with me. My career path has led me to a place in my life where I know that in order for things to get better in my community and in the world, I have to start with me. One of the ways I give back is by mentoring with a NYC - based organization called iMentor.

iMentor holds a special place in my heart because I was mentored in this program when I was in high school. I met my mentor in the beginning of my senior year in 2000, and she was amazing. She was encouraging, and fun to talk to. Seven years later, her advice helped me find my current career path. She encouraged me to make a time line and start looking for positions in Nonprofits. And after focusing on that for about 2 months, I landed my current job and there's been no looking back ever since. Now I'm working on my MPA in Public Administration, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. I owe my current career path in part to my mentor's sound advice.

Now that I'm a mentor, I hope that I can have the same kind of positive impact on the students I've mentored. My first mentee is a sophomore at Virginia State University now. My current mentee is a 10th grader and has a bright future ahead of her. I'm excited to see her blossom and grow into a great young lady. I've even stepped up my involvement and am a part of the Young Executive Board. Being on the YEB has been a great experience so far as we work to implement recruiting, fund raising, and other initiatives on behalf of iMentor.

I'm asking for 25 of my friends to each give $10, which would help me reach my goal of $250, and if I hit that mark I'll match it, bringing my total raised to $500!! So help me make that happen!!!

But back to my Man in the Mirror. What are YOU doing to make this world a better place?? I encourage you to check out iMentor at www.imentor.org and if you are in the NYC area, apply to be a mentor. Whether or not you decide to mentor (which I hope you do!) please donate to this cause. Every dollar counts!

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