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icouldbe is an interactive and collaborative e-mentoring program for academically at-risk and low-income youth that is unlike any other e-mentoring program available today. icouldbe achieves its mission through the monumental commitment of thousands of mentors and mentees who join together to build trusted and nurturing relationships on a safe, secure and highly advanced social software platform.

As a mentor, you can interact with your mentee whenever you have time. You’ll be notified every time your mentee needs your advice or feedback on the activities - usually just one day per week. Mentors can plan on spending up to one hour per week throughout the school year responding to your mentees. To ensure your busy work, family and travel schedules won’t prevent you from being a great mentor, you can respond from any computer in any location at any time of day or night.

icouldbe has built a highly interactive technology platform with structured, fun and engaging activities for mentors and mentees to work on that focus on self-discovery, career and college exploration and planning and financial literacy. At icouldbe, you’ll find great multi-media content - videos, web resources, inspiring notable quotes, and much more to enhance your mentoring experience and help your mentees make meaningful academic and life decisions.

icouldbe has served over 19,000 middle and high school students since 2000, and as a leader in the e-mentoring field, we have seen incredible results. Our mentees demonstrate significant improvements in their confidence to explore, plan for and achieve their academic and career aspirations. And, it’s you - their mentors - who make all the difference!

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Mission Statement

icouldbe’s mission is to provide at-risk middle and high school students with an online community of professional mentors, empowering teens to stay in school, plan for future careers, and achieve in life.


The Details

(40.7202,-73.99867)
 
  • Address
    154 Grand StreetNew York, NY 10013
  • Contact
    • Kate Schrauth
  • Phone
    • (646) 7348133
  • Website
  • Interest Area
    • Children & Youth, Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy, Employment, Seniors

Average Review 5 reviews

Would you recommend icouldbe?

by Warren T. (December 12, 2011)
This is an on-line endeavor, which leads students through writing exercises in a chosen path of career or college. Your feedback with each exercise allows you to discuss the topic at hand or correct the writing itself. You'll need at most an hour per student per week (recommended 3 students). As the students (usually Junior) only logon once or twice a week, you have a few days to respond. The main limitation of the program is the students themselves, many of whom drop out of the program after a few weeks or months. Although teachers are supposedly involved, you have no contact with them except a check-off box if the students have not been active for a couple of weeks. I would like to see the program do a study as to what would keep the drop-out students interested, but in general the program is polished, of good heart, makes the students think about things, works on writing skills, and provides a perspective from someone (you) who is not a teacher or parent.
by Shanae B. from AR (August 9, 2011)
I love icouldbe.org! As an EMentor I can assist with homework questions, talk about life lessons, and embrace these students as if they were right in front of me. You can have up to 5 students for each school year and you will be free to email as many students as you'd like. You have a specific lesson plan that you assist with and these students will be graded at the end of the semesters for how well they did and how well they improved! I signed up for this program due to a death in my family and that was nearly over 3 years ago! It makes me feel better knowing that I might be sending our future doctors/teachers/president down the right path. Oh, and you get a small break for the summer months, so it isn't anything to taxing! Join! I promise you, it will be worth it, for sure!
by Jose T. (April 11, 2011)
I am still participating with this organization. I wish they had this program when I was in school; I recommend it.
by desiree j. from galloway township, NJ (November 18, 2009)
i heard about this program that mentors teens and young children who may have trouble in school or they may not be able to understand their problem situation i have worked with young children and also teens so i can understand where there coming from and how i can be able to motivate them and show them how they can succeed in life just by trying and help them realize that they each have a special goal and they can learn math reading or english skills they need in order to go onto the next level i dont believe that any child or teen should drop out they need to believe in how they can achieve and what can they learn from this experience.
by Mary M. from Giddings, TX (June 12, 2008)
icouldbe gives you the ability to mentor a diverse group of teens, as much as you'd like. You are matched with several year-long mentees, whom you get to know by guiding them through a curriculum provided by the organization. You also receive training through icouldbe, and have access to staff who can answer questions. You can work with only your mentees and youth who may e-mail you regarding your profession, or you can choose to interact more with other teens via the forums. I've volunteered with them for two years so far and have truly enjoyed it; it's very satisfying to feel you've helped. The teens' personal information is safeguarded; the mentor never finds out their names, ages, or where they live, but this doesn't keep you from developing a relationship with the mentee during which you can help them learn how to reach their goals. It seems some of them drop out of either the program or school; it's a challenge to help them stick with it.
 

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