On Saturday October 14th iCouldBe was was delighted to participate in American Graduate Day 2017!
Broadcast live from Tisch WNET Studios in NYC on public TV stations across the country, the 6th annual American Graduate Day examined the vital role mentorship plays in improving high school graduation rates, and explored diverse pathways to academic and career success and workforce development opportunities.
We invited Marisol, an iCouldBe mentee from 2016-2017, to visit New York City and participate in the American Graduate Day program and surprised her on live TV when her mentor Neal arrived to meet her in person for the first time.
iCouldBe Mentee Marisol arrived in New York City for the first time and headed to the WNET studio at Lincoln Center.
Marisol’s sister, teacher and the iCouldBe team watched from the viewing area.
During Marisol’s interview, her Mentor Neal Backsman, arrived to surprise her. Since iCouldBe connects mentees and mentors online, this was the very first time they met in person.
Marisol discussed how they focused on developing a roadmap for Marisol’s future education and career while they also developed a meaningful and trusting relationship.
Neal shared how much he had learned from Marisol throughout the mentoring program and shared his experience as an AT&T employee who has been supported and encouraged by his company to be a mentor to 6 mentees over the past four years!
As they completed the iCouldBe activities, Marisol told Neal about her plans to get a Nursing Assistant certificate before she even graduated from high school, and her plans to apply to nursing school and her goal to travel the world. Neal helped Marisol research a career as a traveling nurse and Marisol is now excited to pursue that as a potential career option.
Marisol and Neal had an incredible time with the welcoming and warm team at WNET.
A huge thank you to WNET, Neal and Marisol, for an amazing American Graduate Day experience with iCouldBe.
See the video here!
Click below to see iCouldBe mentee Marisol and mentor Neal on WNET’s American Graduate Day
Did You Know that nationwide nearly one‐third of high school students fail to graduate. Approximately 1.3 million students drop out each year — averaging 7,200 every school day. Among minority students, the problem is more severe: almost 50 percent of African‐American and Hispanic students don’t complete high school on schedule.
Have you ever considered becoming a mentor but worried that you didn’t have the time? icouldbe makes mentoring simple, easy and highly effective. icouldbe is an e-mentoring solution that uses a best-in-class, interactive technology platform to bring mentors together with their mentees – right in the mentee’s classrooms.
A commitment of just one hour per week – whenever YOU have the time – allows you to build meaningful relationships with mentees without any travel time or difficult scheduling conflicts. Build an online relationship that will help your mentee learn about themself – their interests, passions, strengths and challenges – and to make good life decisions about school, future careers and college opportunities.
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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
We’re wrapping up the 2011-2012 school year here at icouldbe.org, and there are a few mentors, students and teachers who stand out!
We’re pleased to announce that Dana Braun is the recipient of our Teacher of the Year award!
Dana is a teacher from Westminster High School in California, and has been teaching in various capacities since 1989. Dana taught Biology and Physiology to sophomores and seniors for 15 years at Westminster, a California Partnership Academy (CPA). When the founding CPA coordinator retired, Dana took over her position to lead the Academy.
In 2007, Dana met the icouldbe staff at the annual CPA Conference where icouldbe delivers a workshop every year. Dana has been bringing icouldbe.org to her Juniors ever since.
This year, Dana motivated her students each week to log on, communicate with their mentors, work on the curricular units focused on college and career prep, and receive valuable, personalized feedback from their mentors. The best reflection of Dana’s skills lies in her students’ outcomes: her current class has been chosen as one of the three Most Successful Classes of the 2011-2012 School Year. Here’s what Dana has to say about the icouldbe.org mentoring program:
- What role do you play with the students and mentors who work with the icouldbe.org program? I am a teacher as well as academy coordinator. The students are with me for one of their junior Career Technical Education classes, and the icouldbe.org program is delivered in my class.
- What makes a good icouldbe.org teacher? I regularly monitor my students’ progress with their mentors on the curricular activities and I read over some of the conversations between mentors and mentees. It’s critical that as a teacher I help facilitate good mentor and mentee interactions.
- Why do you think online mentoring is important for today’s youth? Online mentors give students access to someone who is out in the business world right now. Mentors can give students support and guidance during important career and college decisions. The great thing about online mentoring is that it is safe, and students can access the program at any hour, even if they are unable to work on the curriculum during the scheduled time period each week.
- Do any memories stand out to you this year from the students who worked with icouldbe.org mentors? I have several. I had a mentor that worked with a student who finished the entire 10 units in less than a semester. Another great memory was the excitement of one of my students who found a mentor who shared her interests in sports as a career. I also love when mentors are reassuring to students who express doubt about their skills. The vast majority of mentors are always able to find that personal,self-esteem building quality that can truly help my students gain the confidence they need to succeed.
- What do you hope for the future of your students? I hope they find their personal path, achieve to their potential, and reach their goals. In regards to icouldbe.org, I hope they long remember what they learned in the curriculum, the activities they completed and the guidance they received from their mentors.
Photo Credit: vistamommy on Flickr’s Creative Commons
Posted in Celebration, Students, Teachers
Tagged 2011-2012, California, CPA, e-mentoring, education, end, high school, icouldbe.org, online mentoring, partnership academy, school year, students, success, teacher, thank you, westminster high school
It’s one of our favorite times of the year – National Volunteer Week! This is a weeklong celebration when organizations all over the country thank the volunteers that are the very lifeblood of their cause. At icouldbe.org, that means taking a moment to thank our mentors.
It’s so exciting to have mentors volunteer from such a diverse collection of careers and industries – to be able to provide students with this expertise and advice is invaluable! Because of you, students all over the country are getting the support they need and deserve to be successful high school graduates and to see a new future that is full of possibilities.
So thank you, thank you, THANK YOU icouldbe.org mentors!
You may remember back during January, we set a goal to recruit 500 new mentors. Happily, we’re very close to reaching the goal – we only need 50 more mentors (give or take) to sign up!
If you’re an icouldbe.org mentor, would you spread the word to your friends and coworkers who may be looking for a convenient – and rewarding – way to give back to today’s youth? And if you’re not – well, what are you waiting for?
Happy Volunteer Week!
Posted in Appreciation, Celebration, Mentors, Volunteerism
Tagged e-mentoring, education, hour a week, mentors, National Volunteer Week, need, nonprofit, online mentoring, students, technology, thank you, Volunteer Week, volunteers, youth
I absolutely love icouldbe.org and have been honored to work with some amazing kiddos. My role as an icouldbe.org mentor is intended to encourage at-risk youth through career and college exploration, but I have unexpectedly benefited much more than any of my students.
I have grown tremendously as a person by seeing the growth of my mentees as they work though the curriculum and develop perseverance and clear goals. I will admit that some mentees can be challenging at first, but watching their mindset transition from apathetic to dynamic is the most rewarding aspect of this program. I personally am thankful to have been connected to over a dozen wonderful students, most all who are interested in the medical industry.
As a Neurophysiologist, I am excited to offer practical guidance to motivated students with hopes to pursue their lofty dreams of Graduate or Medical school, even if they don’t initially think it’s possible. Guiding mentees one step at a time through tough choices is thrilling, and promoting pro-activity while they explore their career options allows them to pursue a track that is both realistic and achievable. Seeing the students feel solidly prepared to face those challenging decisions ahead of them is uplifting, and I thank icouldbe.org for including me in their wonderful program!
-Megan R., Dallas, TX
Posted in Mentors
Tagged e-mentoring, education, icouldbe.org, mentoring, neurophysiologist, nonprofit, online mentoring, science, technology, volunteer, youth
I am relishing this experience of getting to work with my three students. I have a lot of respect for them, and how much effort they put into the the curriculum.
Here is what I love about e-mentoring:
Getting to work as a mentor takes me back to my own years in high school, and it reminds me of all of the curiosity and hope that I had about fitting into the world. Right along with the idealism, I recall my own powerful feelings of uncertainty at that time in my life. What I would have given to have an adult friend validating the path I was on. As a therapist, I often hear clients’ stories about a lost dream in their lives. How vulnerable our dreams are to any impressions of doubt, when we are first creating them and saying them out loud. And then, of course, how incredibly exciting it is to hear a supportive adult say, “Why not?”
I think icouldbe mentoring should be a standard part of the curriculum in all of our nation’s high schools. I am thrilled and proud to be a part of the program.
Posted in Mentors
Tagged appreciation, curriculum, dropout, e-mentoring, ementoring, guidance counselor, high school, icouldbe.org, mentor, mentoring, nonprofit, online mentoring, program, technology, therapist, U.S.