Last month our Executive Director, Kate Schrauth and COO, Wendy Siegelman had a honky-tonk good time in Nashville Tennesse at the 2nd annual DataKind DataDive sponsored by Teradata. We were delighted to be invited to participate in an intensive two-day work session where expert data scientists volunteered to analyze the data of iCouldBe and three other non-profits to help us better serve our communities.
Kate and Wendy worked with seven data experts who generously volunteered 12+ hour days to organize and analyze anonymous data to better understand factors leading to successful mentee outcomes. The dedicated volunteers helped develop a logistical regression model and text sentiment analysis tools that iCouldBe can use going forward. And we are truly excited to continue this great work as we engage with DataKind in a DataCorps partnership to pursue an extended project from January through June of 2015.
Thanks to DataKind and Teradata for organizing and sponsoring the DataDive event and for the generous time and mental power that our data experts contributed. iCouldBe now has a data-driven framework and predictive model we will use to continue improving our program, curriculum, training, and to better serve our community.
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
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
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