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Welcome back students and mentors!

Fall is in the air, and students are back in the classrooms; otherwise known as our favorite time of the year here at icouldbe.org! We’d like to offer a big welcome back to students and mentors, both those that are returning and those that are new this year.

We already have 600 students registered so far this year, and another 1,200 will be registering in the coming weeks.   For the 2011-2012 school year, our goal is to serve 2,500 students.

We couldn’t be more pleased to sign up so many students for the icouldbe.org program. This means more students will receive one-on-one attention from an adult mentor, who can give them help with their studies and offer support as they begin to dream up all the possibilities available to them after high school graduation – all through our online program.

All these new students mean we have a need for more mentors. So we’re putting out a call-to-action to all of YOU to sign up to become an online mentor!

In case you’re not sure what being an icouldbe.org mentor entails, here are some quick facts:

  • Mentoring is carried out completely online. Mentors work with students through a series of online activity modules for the duration of the school year, as students progress through the icouldbe.org curriculum.
  • Mentors communicate with students using icouldbe.org’s activities, email system and discussion boards.
  • Mentors are paired with students who have an interest in their career field.
  • Mentors only need to commit one hour per week, per mentee. You can mentor anywhere you have access to a computer, whether it be at home, at work or on your daily commute!

We’re currently in need of mentors in a few specific career fields: Health Services, Media Communications and Engineering. However, we are always accepting mentors in every occupation!

Please head to our website for more information if you are interested in becoming a mentor. We are also preparing to set up several webinars in the coming weeks to educate more on online mentoring. If this sounds like something you might be interested in, please email Michelle Derosier for more information.

You could make a huge difference in a young person’s life – all through a convenient, easy-to-use online program. We hope to hear from many of you soon! Many thanks to all of our supporters and mentors!

Photo credits:
Computer in photo class. August 26, 2010 Lauren Coleman on Flickr.com Creative Commons

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August is National Back to School Month

It’s that bittersweet time of year again – warm summer days, with the promise of fall, and a new school year soon to come.

We’ve been thinking a lot about the upcoming school year – and soon will have something really exciting to announce that will impact schools all over the country.

What does August bring for you? Are you preparing to go back to school – or have family members who are? Or maybe you’re shopping for pencils, backpacks and notebooks for your school-bound kids. Perhaps you’re starting a new volunteering effort? Either way, the autumn season usually marks a time of change for many of us.

What changes will you be making this school year?