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
National Mentoring Month has arrived! We’re thrilled to announce that we’ll be participating all month long with blog posts, twitter chats, and a new theme each week. Check out our schedule below to get a better idea of what’s coming up this month:
Each week we want to focus on an important outcome of our online mentoring program. Our desired impact is to develop a generation of academically prepared, civically engaged and economically inspired young people.
The week of January 7 we’ll be focusing on Academic Preparedness. We’ll take a look at tips and tools from mentors and have a guest blog post from a teacher using the icouldbe program.
The following week of January 14 we will focus on the topic of Civic Engagement. Our very own Executive Director, Kate Schrauth, will share her thoughts on the importance of civic engagement.
During the week of January 21, our theme is Economic Inspiration. The blog will feature a post from one of our mentors and mid-week we will host a Twitter Chat (#icbchat).
Those are our planned posts and events, BUT don’t forget to follow our Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the month for Mentoring Month-related conversations and content. We’ll also be attending the National Mentoring Summit in D.C. later this month, so please follow along with us and share your own experiences. Don’t forget to follow and use #MentorNextGen in all your Mentoring Month-related posts!
Happy Mentoring Month one and all!
As we head into Thanksgiving weekend, we thought it would be the perfect time to share what we are thankful for – and we are so thankful for you! We could not do what we do without the support we receive all across the board and we think it is a great time to thank the groups that make icouldbe.org such a success. Thank you to our…
Mentors, for taking the time out of your schedules to mentor and mold the minds of the future workforce.
Mentees, for being so eager to learn, ask questions, and grow with icouldbe.org.
Teachers, for bringing us into your classrooms and providing us with the opportunity to guide your students.
Corporate partners, for choosing to support icouldbe.org and for providing us with mentors from your staff.
Board members, for your guidance and advice as we continue to grow as an organization.
Staff, for going above and beyond every day and making icouldbe.org the best it can be.
A big thank you and happy holidays from all of us at icouldbe.org!
Photo credit: Paul Downey on Flickr’s Creative Commons
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
Here at icouldbe.org, we’re excited to watch one of our new mentoring partnerships unfold with the University of British Columbia (UBC). Funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and through the use of our own online platform, Aboriginal students in British Columbia (BC) are being paired right now with online mentors!
The UBC Faculty of Medicine, UBC eHealth Strategy Office, and a handful of BC school districts and First Nations communities are working together to connect university students with young aboriginal students in the province.
Aboriginal youth are significantly underrepresented in post-secondary education, especially in fields of health science. This eMentoring program aims to increase representation by supporting young aboriginal students to develop mentoring relationships with university students currently pursuing careers in health. This online mentoring relationship gives these youth someone to turn to, ask questions of, and gain an understanding about a health-related school choices and potential career options. Mentors can support discussions related to future challenges and opportunities such as time management and exploring post-secondary opportunities as well as provide positive role modeling for Aboriginal youth. The program will target grades 6-12 to allowing students to consider their aspirations early and ensure that students will have the potential to pursue their academic and career plans as they graduate from high school.
Not only will all mentoring take place online, but the program also boasts some changes from icouldbe.org’s traditional curriculum to accommodate Aboriginal culture, beliefs and traditions. The adapted curriculum is called an eMentoring Personal Quest (pictured below) and is divided into nine units, starting with first impressions and online safety and finishing with the transition to post-secondary education. Along the way, mentors will help their mentees gain the necessary confidence and skills to pursue a degree after high school.
Program funding began in April 2010, the online platform went live this past September, and the project has been full speed ahead since November, already well on its way to surpass a goal to recruit 50 mentors and 100 mentees. We are so excited to have the opportunity to work in such a unique partnership and broaden our own knowledge of mentoring within different communities and cultures!
Posted in Education and Schools, Students
Tagged Aboriginal, academic, beliefs, Canada, career, curriculum, education, ementoring, health science, high school, icouldbe.org, mentees, mentoring, mentors, online, online safety, partnership, quest, schools, traditions, UBC, University of British Columbia
When I was an engineering program manager in the aerospace industry, one of my most enjoyable activities was working with just degreed young engineers. Guiding them through the processes of what engineers really do, letting them, with guidance, take on and successfully complete a project provided me with great rewards. I was even able to help a few win their Professional Engineer (PE) status. When I retired I wanted to teach motivated high school seniors advanced mathematics to hopefully guide them into a STEM career. That turned out to be something that couldn’t be done for a number of reasons.
Embedded in the above is why I enjoy working with icouldbe.org students. It is my hope that by providing guidance and encouragement to those young people, some of them will choose the route I followed in my professional life. There is a tremendous need for young, bright military officers and others schooled in STEM courses and ideas. It appears that some I’ve worked with have a leaning to go in that direction, that is rewarding. This great country provided the framework within which someone like me of humble beginnings through commitment could achieve whatever they set out to do. Working with young people like those in icouldbe is one way I have of giving back. Finally, just working with young people who want to better their lives to make a greater contribution to society in the future is a significant accomplishment.
Posted in Mentors, National Mentoring Month
Tagged advanced, aerospace, e-mentoring, engineer, engineering, high school, icouldbe.org, industry, mathematics, mentoring, mentoring month, mentors, online, professional, STEM, teach, technology