AT&T EMPLOYEES MENTOR 1 MILLION HOURS, SURPASSING GOAL
When a mentor connects with a mentee, both lives are changed for the better. That’s why we’ve collaborated with AT&T and their employees to providing mentoring to students through Aspire Mentoring Academy, a part of AT&T Aspire.
We congratulate AT&T employees for reaching an impressive milestone of providing 1 million hours of mentoring to students who need it most. With the launch of Aspire Mentoring Academy in the fall of 2012, they set a goal to mentor 1 million hours by the end of 2016.
Reaching this milestone nearly 1 year early is a testament to the commitment and enthusiasm of AT&T employees. We are excited to continue our work with them to close the mentoring gap and help students succeed in school and beyond.
Since iCouldBe has partnered with AT&T in 2013, we have served over 1,300 mentees!
Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday evening for #mentornextgen! Last night, icouldbe hosted a Twitter Chat with our new partner AT&T Aspire and we were thrilled by the participation. We chatted about volunteering through your employer, what motivates you as a mentor, the benefits of online mentoring, what the future holds for the next generation’s workforce, and much more.
If you weren’t able to participate, but are interested in following the conversation, check out the Storify we created for last night’s chat – it is easy to follow and will give you a run down of the topics we discussed:
Have a response to one of the questions asked last night? You may have missed the live chat, but we’d still love to hear your stories, thoughts, and experiences with mentoring. Leave your answers in the comment section below. And we hope you’ll be able to join us for our next chat!
Posted in Corporations, Mentors, Twitter Chats, Volunteerism
Tagged Aspire Mentoring Academy, AT&T, at-risk, convenience, corporation, e-mentoring, encourage, mentoring, mentoring month, Mentoring Works, online mentoring, students, volunteer
Please join the discussion for a Twitter Chat next week to celebrate National Mentoring Month! On Wednesday, January 30th at 8:00 p.m. EST, log on to Twitter, follow @icouldbeorg and jump in the conversation using the following hashtag:
Our co-host will be one of our newer partners, AT&T Aspire (follow them on Twitter at @ATTAspire). AT&T Aspire is a high school success and workforce readiness initiative that is one of the largest-ever corporate commitments dedicated to helping high school students succeed.
Several AT&T employees who are volunteering their time as mentors to hundreds of students around the country will also join the chat, sharing their thoughts and experiences.
The chat will last one hour, during which time we’ll cover topics including: corporate volunteerism and online mentoring, mentoring the next generation’s workforce, personal mentoring stories, and more.
It’s simple and easy to join, just:
- Mark your calendars for January 30th at 8:00 p.m. EST
- Log in to Twitter at the beginning of the chat and search for #MentorNextGen. This will keep you in the loop of what others are saying and what questions are being discussed.
If you have any questions about next week’s chat, don’t hesitate to contact us – leave a message in the comment section of this blog post or reach out to us on Twitter!
Posted in Corporations, Mentors, National Mentoring Month, Twitter Chats, Volunteerism
Tagged AT&T, corporate volunteerism, mentoring, mentors, online mentoring, Twitter chat, volunteerism
Here at icouldbe.org, we’re having an incredibly exciting (and busy!) spring. We’ll be sharing with you over the coming weeks the various projects and partnerships in development, but right now we’re pleased to say we have been selected amongst 14 other organizations to participate in the Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge!
Here’s how the Strategy Challenge works:
- 15 nonprofit organizations from all over the country were selected by Morgan Stanley to participate in the challenge (including icouldbe.org!). Click here to see a full list of participants.
- Now, over a period of 8 weeks, we get to sit down with a team of Morgan Stanley professionals to receive pro bono advice on growth, business strategy, and how we can fulfill our mission in more effective ways. This kind of advice and commitment is invaluable to a nonprofit!
- But it gets more exciting – at the end of eight weeks, each organization will have the opportunity to present ideas developed from the strategic meetings and compete for cash grants!
We’re incredibly thankful to Morgan Stanley for giving icouldbe.org this opportunity. Their commitment will better help us reach our goal to double the amount of students we currently serve by the year 2014!
Stay tuned for our other updates here, or on our Facebook page, Twitter feed and LinkedIn profile.
We were just featured in a great CNN article, “The emergence of e-mentoring,” and we want to share it with you! Here’s the link.
Thanks to Doug Gross for sharing the story of icouldbe.org and online mentoring. Mentors, supporters and friends – we welcome your comments! And please share with your audiences via email, Facebook and Twitter if you can!
Posted in Celebration, Corporations
Tagged CNN, digital, Doug Gross, dropout crisis, E Trade, e-mentoring, education, guidance counselor, i could be, icouldbe.org, mentoring, monster.com, New York, New York City, online, poverty, schools, students, technology
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.
Posted in Corporations, Education and Schools, National Mentoring Month
Tagged 2011, businesses, corporate mentoring challenge, education, first lady, mentoring, mentoring summit, michelle obama, US
icouldbe.org will be hosting a free webinar on September 15 at 2pm EST with Monster.com to introduce a new program called iSucceed. For those of you that are interested in reversing the dropout crisis and increasing student access to college – especially for low-income and at-risk students – you will want to attend this webinar!
iSucceed is a new educational initiative that convenes local stakeholders in a community-wide effort to help all students succeed. The webinar will introduce this initiative, and provide a strategic framework that can be implemented locally, regionally or at a statewide level to engage the public, private and government sectors.
The goal is to address the enormous challenge of providing the support young adults need to create a self-sustaining and meaningful place in the world.
Who should attend:
- Corporate leaders, social responsibility and giving officers, and volunteer program directors
- District School Superintendents
- Middle and High School principals, teachers, guidance counselors and administrators
- Local business chamber and business roundtable members
- Workforce development and workforce investment board members
- Local and state government leaders
To learn more and register for the free webinar, visit us at http://bit.ly/b3HxR3
Posted in Corporations, Education and Schools
Tagged career development, careers, dropout crisis, dropout rate, education, educational reform, free webinar, mentoring, monster.com, workforce, workforce development