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Stories from iCouldBe Mentors

The amazing stories from some of our iCouldBe mentors are testaments to all of the support, inspiration, and encouragement our mentors have provided their mentees. Thank you Mentors!

  “So many of these kids have blown me away over the years with their openness – sharing their hopes and dreams and drive to succeed. One though really stood out – a young man whose parents were both in jail for drug problems and he was living with his grandparents. This kid had a 12 hour school day, the first pick up on the bus route and the last drop off at night, and he was determined to get great grades so that he could go to college and break the cycle his parents had started. But beyond his determination, what really stood out was his heart. He was so kind and thoughtful, someone who always remembered to ask how others were doing and cared about what was going on in the world around him. I was constantly inspired by the amazingly positive attitude that he brought to each of our encounters. He reminds me to this day of that great line from Hamlet – “there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

~ Reader 21, Mentor Since 2009

“One of the Mentees I met through iCouldBe had lost both parents and was living with a sibling. This Mentee did not feel sorry for himself, but sometimes found the activities a place to share feelings about the situation in the context of the exercise. This young person found time to volunteer while keeping up with schoolwork and striving to improve himself. The Mentee’s overall attitude, spirit, and accomplishments inspired me.”

~ Mare, Mentor Since 2007 

  “Some of my best moments with iCouldBe include students who were not enthusiastic in any way about being in the program at the beginning of the school year, but then these same students turned out to become better writers and analyzers by the end of our time together. Getting a resistant student to engage is such a triumph! I believe that having someone in your life, even an online mentor who you never meet, who sets high expectations for you, and who doesn’t give up on your progress can make all the difference. I hope that I can be that person for at least one student – which is why I continue to be a part of iCouldBe.”

~ CafeMocha, Mentor Since 2009


Become an E-Mentor!

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.

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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.

Become an E-Mentor!

To learn more about icouldbe and to become a mentor today:

Click here to begin your registration.

  1. Complete the Registration Form
  2. Complete your Background Check
  3. Begin to E-mentor

If you are already a mentor please help us spread the word!  Invite your family, friends, and colleagues to become a mentor today by sharing this post and the registration link.

Thank you for your support

and for being a part of the icouldbe community!


National Mentoring Month Spotlight: Bronx Teacher Shares icouldbe Experience

MS 254 in Bronx, New York would like to thank icouldbe for allowing our students to be a part of such an enlightening program for a second year. We have evolved from 30 students participating last year to 175 students participating this year. icouldbe provides an opportunity to empower students to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow. There is not one fix for any student when trying to develop a connection between school and the future accomplishments within an adolescent mind, but icouldbe is the right fit for many students in our program. The students are developing skills that will allow them to make informed decisions about the path their future will take.

Students are reading, writing, and thinking about real life desires and possibilities they used to only associated with others. With the help of icouldbe, the students can now place themselves in those roles. Mentors are explaining how they use math and science as well as language and social studies in their daily lives and in their careers. Based on the conversations students are having with their mentors, the students are developing new ideas.

The mentors are phenomenal! If you are a mentor reading my blog post, let me thank you for giving your time and care to your mentees. I appreciate your answering their posts with feedback that helps them formulate goals that are attainable and make a connection between academics and the student’s chosen path. I was really impressed when one of our mentors reached out with concern about their mentee who had lost interest in posting. I was able to locate the student and discuss her mentor’s concern. Before, she felt like it was just a school commitment, but now she knows how much her mentor truly cares about her, her wellbeing, and her success.

icouldbe helps our students think about their dream and see their dream in order to live it.

-Ms. Frazier, MS 254 in Bronx, New York

Ms. Frazier is an educator from Conway, South Carolina currently teaching in the Bronx. She has 24 years of experience and is a life-long learner.Image

From Kate Schrauth, Executive Director and the icouldbe team

As 2012 comes to a close and the holiday season is upon us, all of us at icouldbe.org want to share out deepest gratitude and thanks for your commitment to icouldbe. This academic year 3,400 students will be served with your care, guidance and support. We couldn’t do this important work without you – supporters, board members, teachers, partners, and of course our mentors, who act as a guidance counselors, career and college coaches, cheerleaders, advisors and listeners who are changing the lives of young people all across the country. How can we possibly thank you for all you do? How can we possibly measure the impact you have on all of the mentees? Organizationally we can count the number of mentor-mentee matches and the countless volunteer hours you donate every week, but the real impact lives in our hearts and in the growth of our mentees. Your willingness as mentors to so freely give your time, experience, expertise, support and love is a gift that is impossible to quantify and is the most amazing gift of all.

As we all strive to mend our collective broken hearts over the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook, please know that it is our most sincere belief that every minute we give to our mentees honors all the innocent lives lost from Columbine to Connecticut. It is your generosity that ensures we can and will create a safe community where our children can grow and thrive. Thank you for all you do.

We wish you a very Happy Holiday Season and look forward to continuing to build our wonderful icouldbe community in the years to come.

All Our Best,

Kate Schrauth, Executive Director and the icouldbe team

Best of luck to our mentor at DreamWorks Animation!

One of our mentors recently shared with us that she is preparing for an upcoming DreamWorks Animation film release this fall! Kristen is a production coordinator in the story department, and has been working on Rise of the Guardians for four years now.

Photo courtesy of imdb.com.

This film looks wonderfully whimsical and unique, with an unexpected twist on some of our favorite mythical beliefs from childhood. It is set to release on November 21, 2012.

Good luck and well done to Kristen on the debut of this film! We can’t wait to see it.

This ‘Thank You’ means the most of all

During the 2011-2012 school year, there were a few classrooms of students that went above and beyond with their work in the icouldbe.org curriculum.

Below is a photo of one of these classrooms. These students on average completed over 26 activities in the curriculum, and truly showed dedication and hard work to complete the units, work with their mentors and get the most out of the program. We absolutely love to see these students take advantage of what icouldbe.org has to offer!

Here’s what one mentee had to say about his work with the program:

“The online mentoring program icouldbe.org has been a great help to me because all the units have shown me something I didn’t know. I especially learned from the unit that deals with money. This unit showed me how loans work and how to manage a credit card if I even choose to get one. My mentor was a great help in giving me advice and establishing my future goals. icouldbe.org is a well rounded online mentoring program that I enjoyed being a part of.” 

We decided to thank this classroom of students with a celebratory pizza party – and here’s how they thanked their mentors and icouldbe.org in return!

There’s nothing like a giant Thank You to help you remember that these students are the reason we do what we do. (And there’s nothing like a good slice of pizza, either.)

Mentor Spotlight: Carolyn R.

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.