A Mentoring Exchange

Words of thanks from an iCouldBe

mentee to their mentor.

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Thank you Mentors!

Thank you to our top 5% of Mentors
who volunteered 20 hours or more!

BeInspiring, MrP1989, ed15, Dave44, Artsy, exgratia, Verge1, Educare3, drlrs213, MrSparky, writeaway, sdqueen, Dancer71, orchid2014, tux46, Achieve1,
Inspired813, stargaze, willow113, Flywings101, crmot, StoryGrrl42, tk3912, Ladydragon, PenguinShark, Enkay04, TakingNextSteps, Dedo73, mentor42, blessed, Everyday41, tarheel99, QueenOfHearts, saira721, Biscuit84, DizzyCordova, CanDo123, Carolinagirl99, Cation559, AlKenn, darmieade, dreambigger, MsMandy, GoRaiders, Barunner66, VioletMuse, Debcsus, sw8856

And thanks to all Mentors
who volunteered over 6,700 hours!

2015-2016 Year in Review

Below are a few highlights that capture the high quality work iCouldBe Mentees did this year thanks to the amazing support and dedication our iCouldBe mentors.

Over 2,220 Mentees Served!



Mentees are Saying…

…what they have learned this year with support from their mentors!

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International Adventures!

iCouldBe in Vancouver, Canada!

We are partnering with SAP to develop a multi-year mentoring curriculum! Our COO Wendy and Program Director, Michelle traveled to Vancouver Canada to join SAP’s Jennifer Carreiro (center) to kick-off the pilot and train participating teachers and mentors.

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iCouldBe’s Recent DataKind Meet-up

We’re excited to be in the final stages of our DataCorps project with Datakind, where a team of incredible volunteer data scientists have helped build significance ranking, cluster modeling, text sentiment analysis, and topic modeling tools to help iCouldBe better understand and improve mentee engagement and success.

We had the chance to share our initial findings in February at DataKind’s first Meet-Up of 2016 sponsored by AT&T Aspire where our COO Wendy Siegelman presented with a panel of data science volunteers, on Defining Successful Mentoring Relationships. We will share more of our findings as we wrap up the work with our DataKind team this summer, and we’ll keep you posted as we launch into the next phase of evolving our data science tools and findings.

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We’re off to a busy 2016!

2016 National Mentoring Summit in DC

The 2016 National Mentoring Summit in Washington DC was a success! Our Executive Director Kate Schrauth and COO Wendy Siegelman along with Minchau “MC” Dinh, the co-founder and Chapter leader for DataKind DC presented our research from a 2015 project at the workshop, “What Makes Mentoring Relationships Successful? The Answer was in our Data.”

There was a great turn out at the workshop with insightful questions and dialogue about using data analysis to improve mentoring relationships. Kate, Wendy and Program Director Michelle Derosier, met many inspiring leaders in the mentoring field and we are excited to explore new partnerships!

Linked Learning Convention in San Diego

We are also proud to announce, our curriculum developer Madeline Giscombe participated on a panel in February at the Linked Learning Convention in San Diego!

Linked Learning integrates academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences, and aligns with iCouldBe’s mission to provide at risk students with a community of professional mentors, empowering teens to stay in school, plan for future careers, and achieve in life.

Madeline and partners from SAP, Skyline High School, Career Ladders Project, and Berkeley City College and other educational organizations presented how iCouldBe’s gamified mentoring program helps develop the next generation virtual and STEAM workforce.

We look forward to continuing discussions with the wonderful panelists and partners  from the Linked Learning Convention, expert practitioners, researchers, and corporate supporters from the National Mentoring Summit and the engaged audience members from both as we continue creating meaningful learning and real-world experiences for our youth!