iMentor Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star to Help Youth in Texas Get to College
Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star isn’t just the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter in the country—it is also iMentor’s newest and biggest nonprofit partner.
Big Brothers Big Sisters and iMentor are teaming up to launch the mentor2.0 program, which for the first time will allow the Texas-based organization to focus specifically on helping high school students build crucial skills linked to college success. Utilizing iMentor’s technology-enhanced mentoring curriculum, Big Brothers Big Sisters is broadening its program offerings to address the critical needs of young people in North Texas, many of whom will be the first in their families to apply to college.
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has paired at-risk youth with caring adult role models who can positively impact their development and help them reach educational success. Now, Big Brothers Big Sisters is working with iMentor to design the mentor2.0 program, building on their commitment to facilitating quality mentoring relationships. Through this partnership, Big Brothers Big Sisters is providing their mentor-mentee pairs with iMentor’s proven college-success curriculum, college resources, staff support, and the iMentor Interactive technology platform. This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star plans to match 600 students in North Texas with college-educated mentors who can steer them through applying and smoothly transitioning to college.
In the mentor2.0 program, mentors and mentees will e-mail each other once a week to set college preparation goals and discuss progress toward achieving them. Once every four to six weeks, they will meet at the mentee’s school to build college applications, practice job interviewing techniques, and help the student develop other academic, professional, and social competencies. Utilizing the flexibility of email-based interactions, Big Brothers Big Sisters is able to engage busy professionals working in various sectors who are interested in supporting local youth and might not otherwise have the time.
Dallas-Fort Worth-area professionals at Ernst & Young, Comerica, Allstate, AT&T, Environmental Protection Agency, Dallas Independent School District, Irving Independent School District, and Uplift Education have already signed up to mentor through the program.
iMentor is pleased to share our college-success mentoring model with one of the oldest and most respected youth organizations in the country.
iMentor is partnering with 15 organizations across the country this year, and is continuing to expand. Interested in becoming an iMi partner? Find out how!