At the first National Mentoring Summit held last month in Washington D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama announced the “Corporate Mentoring Challenge,” encouraging U.S. corporations and their employees to partner with mentoring organizations and become mentors.
The First Lady pointed out the many benefits of mentoring, including that mentored youth are much more likely to graduate, and less likely to partake in drug use, or get involved in gangs and violence. One of the most memorable moments of the First Lady’s speech came from the following part of her address:
“It’s about encouraging more caring adults to step up and make mentoring a part of their lives. And our thought is that if the President and the First Lady can mentor, shoot, everybody has got a little time.” (Entire transcript of the address)
We couldn’t agree more. Our corporate partnerships, like the one we have with E*Trade Financial, allows schools in tough financial situations to get our online mentoring program. E*Trade employees also volunteer to become icouldbe.org mentors – in fact, they’ve dedicated nearly 40,000 hours mentoring students!
We’re echoing the First Lady’s call-to-action, and would like to help spread the word to corporations and businesses all over the U.S. If you know of a business, or are part of business, that could engage in a mentoring program, let them know about this challenge! And if you’d like to learn a little more about the benefits of being a corporate partner with icouldbe, here is some more information.
Last week we introduced a contest to win Lake Champlain Valentine’s Day Chocolates. (By the way, there’s still time to enter to win this gift – a value of $50.) All you have to do is go to our campaign site and donate just a $1 to your state to be entered to win. If you donate $2, we’ll enter you twice – and upwards, to a maximum of 100 entries for only a $100 tax-deductible donation.
We will continue giving away some really great prizes that have been donated by a few really generous companies. Here’s a list of products we’ll be offering for giveaways in the coming weeks:
Each week, we will choose one random winner from the pool of donors to our 50 State Campaign.
Keep checking back to our blog, because we’ll continue to add great prizes that you could win with only a $1 donation!
Where is your donation going? When you make a donation to your state through our 50 State Campaign, you are helping us that much closer to bringing icouldbe.org’s online mentoring program to kids in need right in your home state. Each state only needs to raise $8,000 to bring icouldbe.org into the lives of kids who need caring adults in their lives. When your state raises the $8,000, you get to vote for the school you thinks deserves the program most.
Online mentoring can work to decrease the nation’s dropout rate – and we know there are schools in every state that need our program. Won’t you make a donation today?
As you might have known, we recently kicked off a 50 state campaign that aims to bring online mentoring to at least one school in every state. Things are heating up, so we thought we’d keep it exciting and make an offer to all of YOU!
Head over to our campaign site and give a dollar to your state between now and Friday, February 11th – and you will be automatically entered to win a variety of Valentine’s Day goodies from Lake Champlain Chocolates! Feel like giving two dollars? Then you’ll be entered TWICE! Three dollars? Three entries! You get the idea. (Maximum: 100 entries)
All you have to do is:
- Visit the site.
- Click on your state.
- Make a donation!
We will announce the winner the Friday, February 11th. Thanks to Lake Champlain Chocolates for their generous contribution!
Keep checking back… we’ll have more giveaways coming very soon.