iMentor is connecting 1,200 mentor-mentee pairs this year in NYC -- and in the process, has changed lives.

Dear Friends & Family:

My current mentee is named Cheng Chen. He is in the 12th grade at Lower East Side Prep, a school predominantly attended by children of recent immigrants. Just two years ago, Cheng emigrated from China, and now lives in Brooklyn with his parents. In between his part-time job at a restaurant and love for sports, he is preparing his college applications, and aspires to major in business administration or hospitality management.

All of my mentees have been in the U.S. for a short period of time, having recently emigrated from China. They usually lack advanced English-speaking skills, but more than compensate with an amazing desire to learn academically and culturally, all with optimism beyond compare.

Most of you know by now about iMentor, an organization that I have been fortunate to be a part of for the past 6 and a half years. I initially got involved because I wanted to give back to the community, work with teens, and help bridge the digital divide, and I was impressed that iMentor facilitated all three. I was invited to join the Young Executive Board in 2004 and have continued to act as a mentor.

I have a fundraising goal of $3,000, which is the cost to support 3 mentee pairs for the program year. No amount is too little and any support is appreciated!

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