We’re excited to announce that icouldbe’s executive director Kate Schrauth wrote an article for Huffington Post Impact this past week! The article, titled “For Volunteer Month: How Today’s Busy Professional Can Give Back” discusses how virtual volunteer opportunities are great for those who want to give back, but have limited time to do so.
An excerpt from the post:
“What does it mean to volunteer “virtually”? It is the act of completing tasks off-site from the organization you are volunteering for, using the Internet to stay connected. In other words, you choose an organization you want to support and fulfill that commitment from anywhere with an Internet connection.”
What do you think about virtual volunteerism? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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Tagged ementoring, Executive Director, Huffington Post, icouldbe, icouldbe.org, impact, Kate Schrauth, mentoring, online mentoring, technology, virtual volunteerism
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.)
Posted in Appreciation, Education and Schools
Tagged curriculum, education, ementoring, icouldbe.org, kids, mentee, mentor, nonprofit, online mentoring, students, technology, thank you, volunteer, youth
We’re excited to announce that our executive director Kate Schrauth penned an article for Huffington Post Science titled “Mentoring the Next Generation towards STEM careers” – you can read it here.
An excerpt from her article:
“It’s inspiring and encouraging when these relationships form and students grow beyond the classroom, beyond graduation, to a life of promise and success. But we can do more. We can build a nationwide, unified effort to encourage more women and minorities to pursue STEM careers.”
Let us know your comments and thoughts on the article! And please share it with your friends and coworkers – especially those in STEM careers who might be able to pass on their knowledge through the power of mentoring.
Posted in Mentors, STEM
Tagged candidates, careers, ementor, ementoring, engineering, Executive Director, icouldbe, icouldbe.org, Kate Schrauth, math, mentoring, minorities, need, online mentoring, role model, science, STEM, technology, women
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
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Tagged e-mentoring, education, icouldbe.org, mentoring, neurophysiologist, nonprofit, online mentoring, science, technology, volunteer, youth