Become an iMentor Partner
Nationally, the average student-to-counselor ratio is 471:1, which disproportionately impacts students in low-income communities.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 – due February 13, 2015.