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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.


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.

iCouldbBe has served over 21,000 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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Would you recommend iCouldBe?

by Johnathon L. from Wabash, IN (September 28, 2014)
The volunteering field fits my colleagues and mines major of study, which is education. Hopefully volunteering here would help us gain an advantage on teaching once we complete college and become teachers considering that we have not yet started E-Mentoring.
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 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.