Strong Support

By Debra Donston  |  Posted 2004-04-05 Print this article Print

Strong Support

The mission of imentor, based in New York, is to improve the lives of young people from underserved communities through innovative, technology-based approaches to youth mentoring and education.

iMentor works with schools, after-school programs, community technology centers and other development agencies that serve young people from low-income neighborhoods.

iMentor matches young people with volunteer mentors based on shared interests. The organization designs projects that mentors (who are screened by iMentor) and young people collaborate on via e-mail. If an iMentor partner organization has its own project-based curriculum, iMentor helps the agency incorporate a role for volunteer mentors. iMentor also provides training and support to mentors and partner youth agencies to help them implement the iMentor program.

With last years donation from eWEEK, iMentor purchased seven laptops, software and wireless cards, and it launched its Training Tuesdays program. On the second Tuesday of every month, young people are invited to iMentors offices to attend workshops on, among other things, college preparation and résumé writing.

"Beginning [this month], we will be using our newly purchased laptop lab for students to use during these workshop sessions," said Caroline Kim Oh, executive director of iMentor. "Students will also have access to the laptop lab during regular drop-in times at iMentors offices for those who dont have computer access at home but want to e-mail their mentors outside of their regularly scheduled iMentor class time."


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