About iMentor’s Partner Programs
iMentor’s Partner Programs brings iMentor’s nationally recognized mentoring model to communities across the country to help young people succeed in college and beyond. By reimagining college counseling through ongoing, individualized mentoring, iMentor transforms how schools successfully support college success. We partner with organizations and schools that share our goal of empowering young people from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their life ambitions.
Our partners implement iMentor in schools in their communities, utilizing all aspects of the iMentor model, including our college-success curriculum, mentor training and screening materials, technology platform, and program analysis tools. Partners also have exclusive access to the best practices gathered from research, iMentor’s flagship NYC program, and the national partner network. iMentor staff provide intensive assistance to each partner with program design, staff onboarding and training, and ongoing program implementation and evaluation. We combine the expertise and talents of our local partners with the proven innovations and best practices of the iMentor model.
Joe Mastrolia has been Danny's mentor since Danny was a freshman in high school. In this audio slideshow, Danny reads the letter he wrote to Joe before heading to college.
iMentor Partner Programs Model
Since 1999, iMentor has built a scalable, cost-effective solution to the pervasive shortage of college counseling for low-income students and matched 13,000 students with mentors. Our integrated model includes:
Whole-school partnerships – We partner with high schools in low-income communities and match every student with a mentor. In addition to facilitating weekly classroom sessions during the school day and monthly events after school, program staff collaborate with school administrators to fully integrate the program and align the curriculum with existing counseling initiatives.
Individual mentor-mentee matches – Every student is partnered with a same-gender college-educated mentor solely dedicated to his or her success. Students and mentors communicate through guided weekly online conversations and a monthly in-person meeting.
Long-term involvement – Mentors commit three or four years to a single student, working with these students weekly. All pairs have the option to continue their match through college completion.
Comprehensive, research-based curriculum – Our developmentally aligned scope and sequence guides the mentor-mentee interaction through weekly online, classroom-based mentor-mentee communication as well as the monthly in-person pair events. It is designed to achieve the following outcomes: build strong, personal relationships; nurture and grow a college aspiration; develop non-cognitive skills for college success, such as persistence and self-advocacy; and prepare students for successful college admission and transition.
Technology platform – Our comprehensive online platform enables partner staff to launch, manage, monitor, and evaluate the program. iMentor leverages technology to make participation feasible for busy professionals and to enhance corporate involvement.
Outcome-focused evaluation – iMentor measures and shares college attainment and matriculation rates, and tracks early indicators of college success and readiness. We combine direct-impact measures with research that has the potential to inform the field.
iMentor measures our impact through annual pre-post surveys, data collection in partnership with our schools, and independent evaluation. We are currently engaged in a seven-year independent evaluation with New York University’s Research Alliance for New York City Schools that will be the nation’s most comprehensive study conducted on mentoring. iMentor’s focus on college is achieving promising results:
- 75% of iMentor’s 2013 high school graduates enrolled in college, compared with only 50% of low-income students nationwide.
- 83% iMentor students who entered college persisted into their second year, compared to the national average of 66% for first-generation college students.
42% of iMentor’s 2009 college entrants graduated college within four years.
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