About the Program
New York City is home to a dynamic community of young people with a rich diversity of talents, backgrounds, and aspirations. But too many students living in the city’s low-income neighborhoods face a critical college achievement gap that can limit their opportunities for the future. The city’s schools need support from the community to provide students with the individual guidance and skills they need to graduate high school and college.
What We Do
iMentor NYC is a school-based mentoring program that empowers high school students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. We partner with public schools to provide each of their students with a college-educated mentor for three to four years. Students work with their mentors one-on-one, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. Pairs meet once a month in-person at group events and email once a week on iMentor’s secure online platform. Our program staff facilitates and monitors each mentor-mentee pair’s progress through the iMentor curriculum and provides coaching and resources along the way.
- 19 public high school partners in New York City
- 2,400 mentee-mentor pairs matched and supported this year
- 8,000 students provided with mentors since 1999
- 83% of seniors in our iMentor NYC program graduated from high school in 2011, compared to a citywide graduation rate of 65%
- 74% of graduates from our College Transition Program enrolled in college in 2011
- 81% of mentees say their mentor is someone they can trust