iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empower students in low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. In New York City, iMentor partners with public schools to ensure every student in the school receives a mentor during their high school career. iMentor also provides its curriculum, technology, and best practices to nonprofits nationwide to help them run effective programs in the iMentor model.
iMentor focuses on high school students in low-income communities throughout New York City. This year, iMentor is matching 2,400 students with college-educated mentors.
- 89% of mentees qualified for free or reduced school lunch
- 86% of mentees are students of color
- 71% of mentees will be first-generation college students
- 83% of seniors in our iMentor NYC program graduated from high school in 2011, compared to a citywide graduation rate of 65%.
- 74% of graduates from our College Transition Program enrolled in college in 2011.
- 81% of mentee report their mentor is someone they can trust.
- More than 11,000 students nationwide have been matched with caring mentors since 1999.
- More than 14 organizations in 11 states are currently partnering with iMentor to run high quality mentoring programs in the iMentor model.
Independent Evaluation (2011-2018)
Starting in the fall of 2011, iMentor will begin a 2,000-participant, six-year independent study of its mentoring model. This evaluation will be one of the largest and most comprehensive studies ever published on school-based mentoring, and seeks to increase the quality and quantity of evidence around iMentor's programmatic impact on participants.
Additional Evaluation (2007-2008)
Since its inception, iMentor has been conducting internal and external evaluations. In an effort to update and strengthen existing evaluation instruments, iMentor contracted with Kim Sabo Consulting (KSC) in 2007. KSC's analysis found that participation in iMentor's program had a statistically significant impact on:
- Standardized test scores
- English grades
- School attendance
- iMentor was awarded as a subgrantee of the inaugural federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF) as part of the Pathways Fund, led by New Profit, Inc. Run out of the Corporation for National and Community Service, SIF is designed to identify and expand effective solutions to some of the nation's most critical social challenges.
- iMentor was honored at a White House reception during National Mentoring Month (January) 2010.