Celebrating Black History Month
We at iCouldBe believe that Black Lives Matter.
Celebrating Black History month this year will be more important than ever before. As an organization that supports a community of largely Black and Brown students, we must fight against systems that don’t support, and are often hostile to, our mentees. Join us this February as we take to social media to celebrate the accomplishments and achievements of the Black community.
A few anonymous quotes from our amazing mentees!
“I feel excited and really upbeat about participating in this program, makes me feel more at peace and I would really like to get to know a person who has experience with this. I think what would make this a valuable experience for each of us is to share common and personal facts.”
“The word mentor is a lifesaver for me! I really need a mentor, someone who I could talk to about my life and interests, and help understand my level of knowledge. But mainly, to get a spark into my future wantings.”
Mentor Receives $500,000 Grant To Pursue E-Mentoring And Research Initiatives
iCouldBe is delighted to announce our strategic partnership with MENTOR and Johns Hopkins University for an e-mentoring initiative and research on youth inequity during COVID-19. Following are a few highlights from the recent press release:
“MENTOR today announced that the organization received a $500,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation‘s Pathways Portfolio.
“This key philanthropic investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation fuels our work with proven, innovative partners to respond to the needs of the youth mentoring field and educators in the face of the physical isolation caused by COVID-19,” said David Shapiro, CEO of MENTOR.
“As COVID continues to disrupt mentoring relationships, iCouldBe is leveraging our twenty years of virtual mentoring experience to support and build a learning community with six previously in-person mentoring programs—BBBS Palm Beach and Martin Counties, CIS Kent Washington, CIS San Antonio, Fresno Unified School District, Latin American Association and STOKED Mentoring,” said Katie Schrauth, Executive Director of iCouldBe. “This funding ensures hundreds of young people retain access to mentors to build social capital and, with our partners, we will contribute to the research that will inform sustainability and growth of the mentoring field.”