Thirty-nine New York-based nonprofits gathered for Google’s inaugural NY Nonprofit Awards, a competition that awarded grants to the winning organizations. iMentor was selected for the top prize—and a $15,000 grant--from eight finalists that included City Year (an iMentor partner), New York Needs You, Teach for America, and Global Health Corps.
Google employee and iMentor volunteer Ashley Gushue nominated iMentor for the award, and drew support from the other Google volunteers with the program. At the event, Ashley also spoke on iMentor’s behalf to a panel of Google executives about how mentors are helping high school students in New York City graduate high school college-ready and succeed in college. Ashley shared her own story about her mentee, Yocasta. Ashley says, “Everyday, I continue to see the positive effects [iMentor]…has on our community, and the positive effects I am having in Yocasta's life. Working with iMentor is truly one of the most rewarding things I've ever done.”
iMentor’s partnership with the Google began in 2010, when employees from the company first began mentoring underserved students. Since that time, Google volunteers have provided vital support in to help mentees improve their performance in high school, navigate the college application process, and understand financial aid. Only 1 in 7 students from low-income backgrounds will receive a college degree, indicating that the need for role models is increasing. This year, 14 Googlers like Ashley volunteered with iMentor by committing one to four years to their mentees. Dave Mogenson, a three-year mentor with the program, shared, “[Mentees] love folks from Google because the kids all know and love the brand. Also, a lot of the students are interested in going into the tech industry, so engineers would be particularly great mentors in the program.”
The partnership effects positive change in the lives of iMentor’s mentees as well as their Google mentors. When asked about her experience, mentor Tanya Brown said, “I am learning as much from her-- if not more--than I hope I am able to teach her. iMentor is an exceptional program.”
Thank you to all the mentors from Google for their commitment to their mentees and to iMentor.
For more information or to become a mentor please visit: www.imentor.org/become-a-mentor.