iMentor's 2007-08 Partner Sites
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People ask us all the time how we select mentees to enroll in the iMentor program. This is a crucial decision for mentoring programs and there are several approaches. Some organizations allow mentees to “opt-in,” to nominate themselves or to be recommended for the program by family members, teachers or community leaders. iMentor takes a different approach.
We believe strongly in serving the New York City youth that can benefit the most from mentoring and work hard to assure we are connecting our volunteer mentors with high school students living in communities other mentoring programs cannot reach. We feel that the students who need mentoring the most are not necessarily the students that will ask for a mentor, or have an advocate who will connect them to a mentoring program. To this end, iMentor’s selection process begins by:
(1) Identifying the communities in New York City that are the most economically and geographically isolated (traditionally the same communities that have the most difficultly finding and engaging mentors); and
(2) Finding dynamic schools and after school programs to enroll a cohort of students and to assist us in facilitating the program.
What Partner Sites Provide
Each of our partner sites enrolls 50 - 100 students and integrates iMentor into the school’s culture. Partner Sites allow us to assure that all mentees have regular access to email and the internet, as well as support for their participation in the program. Each partner sites provides a volunteer teacher to work closely with out staff and one-to-two hours per week in a computer lab where students can read emails from their mentors and compose a reply. This model allows iMentor to establish a “culture of mentoring” in these schools and after school programs, creating a feeling shared of engagement among mentees as they embark on this new experience as well as a network of working professionals that can become advocates for our mentees’ schools and communities.
These partner sites are integral to iMentor’s success and we thank all of our 2007-08 partners for their dedication to the program.
Learn about all of our 2007-08 Partner Sites.
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