Become an iMentor Partner

Fact

Nationally, the average student-to-counselor ratio is 471:1, which disproportionately impacts students in low-income communities.

Opportunity

iMentor has built a scalable, cost-effective solution to the pervasive shortage of college counseling for students from low-income communities. Our Partner Programs brings iMentor’s nationally recognized mentoring model to communities across the country to help young people succeed in college and beyond.

  • We will create new partnerships with nonprofits, school districts, charter school networks, mentoring organizations, and community-based collective action teams seeking to launch and strengthen their college-success results for low-income students by adopting iMentor’s model.
  • Through these renewable three-year National Partnerships, we will share our curriculum, technology, evaluation, and best practices, and provide ongoing support.

In exchange, we ask our partners to make four commitments:

  • Adopt iMentor's research-based model in school-based settings.
  • Recruit, screen, train, and support mentors with iMentor's comprehensive resources.
  • Hire a staff member to manage each cohort of roughly 100 mentor-mentee pairs.
  • Secure the funds to support the partnership over three years, paying for access to iMentor's guidance, tools, and membership in the learning cohort.

Want to Learn More? Get Started Now: Applications are due February 13, 2015.

In February 2015, iMentor will select our 2015 partners cohort and first-round 2016 partners cohort for onboarding, and will launch support beginning this spring.  
 
We also welcome the chance to begin inaugural conversations with you ahead of any commitments to apply.  
 
NOTE: Since launching our National Partnerships Campaign, we’ve revised our process based on conversations with prospective candidates. Our new timeline and streamlined process (below) is designed to provide additional time to learn about iMentor and to develop your application with our ongoing guidance. Candidates are no longer required to submit a pre-application, and we will instead rely on conference calls and a culminating application, due February 13, to explore partnership fit based on our selection criteria. 
 
Step 1: Watch our National Partnerships Campaign Webinar. This 40-minute presentation will provide you with an in-depth overview of iMentor’s model and Partner Programs including our resources, selection criteria, three year partnership plan and fee structure. 

iMentor Partner Amy Chionchio, president and CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee, discusses the value of the partnership and how BBBS secured resources for its support.

Step 2: Participate in an exploratory phone call with Lisa Ulrich, Director of iMentor’s National Partnerships Campaign. We’ll discuss your post-secondary needs and plans and answer your questions about iMentor’s model and Partners Program. Lisa can be reached at lulrich@imentor.org or by phone at 617-905-3616.

The remainder of the application process can be found on the iMentor Partner Programs Application Timeline.

The 2015 v. 2016 Cohort: What’s the Difference?   

In February 2015, after reviewing final applications, we will select new partners to join our 2015 cohort, who will begin their programs in fall 2015. We will also provisionally accept a first round of new partners into our 2016 cohort launching in fall 2016. This latter group will consist of highly promising candidate organizations that request or need an additional year to prepare to become iMentor partners. Through a provisional "intent to partner" agreement, the “early selection” 2016 cohort organizations can benefit from early pre-selection and additional launch support that iMentor will offer in spring 2015 through September 2015, including access to iMentor training and resources for fundraising, school partnership development and mentor pipeline development.

Background and Application Documents

  • About iMentor – In this animated video, iMentor CEO Mike O’Brien talks about how iMentor leverages mentoring to ensure that more students from low-income communities graduate college and reach their full potential. 
  • National Partnerships Campaign Webinar – a more detailed and comprehensive overview of iMentor’s model, Partner Programs and the process and conditions for becoming a partner.  
  • Application – coming December 12; due February 13, 2015.

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