Mentor: Kel Huang
Length of Match: Second year of four-year match
Mentee Name: Renzo V.
Mentee’s School: Urban Assembly School for Careers in Sports
Distinction: Kel is passionate about mentoring and a motivating force
Kel Huang knows what it takes to make a difference with his mentee, Renzo. Since their first meeting, Kel has dedicated himself to providing consistent support and guidance. As Kel explained, he considers a mentor to be “someone you can always count on to be there for you. It’s someone that gives advice, but, above all, is someone you can count on for support through the good times as well as the bad.” Kel demonstrates this by consistently attending monthly events and crafting thoughtful weekly emails to his mentee.
Kel has proven to be a careful listener and trusted confidant for Renzo. He helped focus Renzo’s personal interests toward achieving academic and career goals. During the school year, one of iMentor’s email writing prompts focused on the importance of career fairs. Kel used this prompt as an opportunity to help Renzo link his current academic successes and personal interests to career paths that can be discovered through job fairs. In his email, Kel pointed out Renzo’s strong math skills and passion for sports, emphasizing that Renzo could explore jobs that would play to his strengths, such as accounting and sports management. Kel also provided Renzo with links to online resources where he could find more information about several careers, including jobs in sports that involve numerical and statistical analysis. Through their work together, Kel helped Renzo discover that many sports, such as baseball and basketball, focus heavily on data-crunching, and that many executives need people like Renzo who are good at math to give them advice.
In addition to being a great mentor, Kel spreads the word about iMentor to all of his friends-- he has recruited more than 40 of his colleagues. This year, Kel participated in iMentor’s Online Donor Drive, a “friendraising” campaign enabling mentors to share stories about their mentoring relationships to procure donations to support iMentor’s work. Kel’s campaign raised more than $1,200 for iMentor and he also made a personal contribution.
“I have a strong belief in iMentor and its mission. As the statistics show, iMentor helps more students graduate and go to college – I think that’s incredibly important. I’ve always been a big believer in mentoring.”
Kel is committed to going above and beyond what is required to help his mentee, Renzo, and to stay involved in the iMentor community.
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