CA Conference Update

SeanIn early March, Program Manager Sean McNamara spoke at the Educating for Careers Conference in Sacramento, CA, attended by teachers and administrators from the California Partnership Academies. Many iCouldBe classrooms are a part of these academies, so in addition to the opportunity to spread the word about online mentoring, Sean had the privilege of meeting many of our iCouldBe teachers in person and to visit some iCouldBe classrooms to check in with the students. The mentees sang the praises of their mentors!

It is extremely inspiring for iCouldBe to engage with and learn from the students and teachers. During Sean’s classroom visits he saw first-hand how much is happening in the mentee’s lives and the distractions that can potentially occur both outside and inside the classroom. Although our mentors can not see the mentees, your support is incredibly valuable  in helping mentees learn how to focus their energy and build their skill sets, starting with focusing in class on the iCouldBe program. Thank you to our teachers and mentors for all you do to make a difference in the lives of the iCouldBe students!

iCouldBe at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit

On January 29, 2015 iCouldBe and We Teach Science presented a joint workshop on the practice, results, and scalability of e-mentoring at the 2015 National Mentoring Summit in Washington D.C.


Our Executive Director, Kate Schrauth and Aragon Burlingham, Founder and President of We Teach Science, presented a collaborative discussion about how technical innovation enables e-mentoring to connect mentors to students without any geographic barriers. We also presented an exciting new concept iCouldBe and We Teach Science are developing for a collaborative multi-year program be piloted starting in September 2015.

There was a great turn out at the workshop with insightful questions and dialogue from the audience of expert practitioners, researchers, corporate supporters, and representatives from other national youth organizations. Kate, along with our COO Wendy Siegelman and Program Director Michelle Derosier, met many inspiring leaders in the mentoring field and we are excited  to explore new partnerships!