BENEFITING: Bay Area
ORGANIZER: Bay Area
EVENT DATE: Apr 01, 2017
His name is Adrian and over the last 9 months he continues to teach me as much as I'm teaching him.
The goal of the program is to pair a mentor and a mentee (who is a junior in HS) so the mentor can help the mentee navigate the College Application process like helping to figure out the major, picking a school and applying for financial aid.
When we first met, Adrian told me he didn't want to go to college. This didn't make it easy for me because the whole point of the program is centered around college applications.
As the time went on, we began building a frienship beyond college application and Adrian began sharing stories about his family who came to the U.S. from Mexico, about his interest in cars and his reasons for why he doesn't want to go to college.
During our last event of the year, iMentor brought all the juniors to the Salesforce building in Downtown San Francisco. Even though, most of the students live in Oakland, which is a neighborhood right over the bridge, many have never had the opportunity to step foot inside of a tech company or a startup. Moreover, many of them have never really walked around the city.
At the event, Adrian told me that the Salesforce building is 'hella nice.' He also asked me what the people who worked at Salesforce do and how they got those jobs.
I think we all form our goals and aspiration based on our personal experiences and I'm glad organzations like iMentor are able to expose high school juniors to the world that they might not know even exist.
Over the next year, I'm planning on taking Adrian around the city to other startups and places to help him find his passion so he can figure out what he wants to do.
I'm asking for a $25 dollar donation (though any donation is surely welcome!). Having seen the impact of the program first-hand, my goal is to raise $1000 which will help bring another mentor-mentee pair in to the iMentor program.
Here is also more info below:
***Bay Area wrote ***
At iMentor, we believe in the power of long-term, personal relationships to help students succeed. This year, iMentor launched its Bay Area region, where we are helping 270 students. Please join us in building the momentum to help more students.
The iMentor Challenge is our chance to do just that. With this campaign, we are sharing our stories and inspiration for supporting iMentor. We hope that by sharing our stories and inspiration, more people will become involved and build the momentum to impact more kids.
It costs iMentor's programming team about $1,000 to provide one mentor-mentee pair with access to iMentor’s proven college success curriculum and resources. Here is what your support can do for the Bay Area’s students:
- $25 allows a mentee to attend a year of iMentor events
- $100 supplies a mentee with a year's access to monthly career and college preparation events
- $500 provides a college application event for an entire Junior class
- $1,000 supports the mentorship of one student as they work one-on-one with their mentor toward academic and personal success
Please support iMentor Bay Area by donating to one of our iMentor Challenge participants!