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iMentor Partner Programs FAQ

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About iMentor Partner Programs

iMentor Program Model

Application Process

About iMentor Partner Programs

Where are your current partners and sites located?

We currently partner with 14 organizations serving students in 16 cities across the country. Check out our website to learn more about our Partners. 

What is the difference between iMentor direct service sites and iMentor Partner Programs?

iMentor direct service sites are locations in which the program is led and executed by iMentor staff. iMentor develops and manages the school partnerships, recruits, screens and trains mentors, and facilitates programming within the schools. There are currently iMentor direct service sites located in New York City and Chicago, and soon to be in the Bay Area, California.

iMentor’s Partner Programs bring our highly-effective, nationally-recognized mentoring model to communities across the country. We partner with organizations that share iMentor’s goal of increasing college success for low-income students, and provide these partner organizations with the tools, resources and supports to launch and implement the iMentor model in schools in their communities. iMentor’s Partner Programs receive access to all aspects of the iMentor model, including our college success curriculum, technology platform, mentor training and screening materials, and program evaluation and analysis tools along with extensive coaching from iMentor staff. The organizations we partner with then lead and execute the program on the ground in their cities, including recruiting, screening and training mentors with consultation from iMentor. 

Will iMentor provide my organization with volunteers?

No. Each organization is responsible for recruiting, screening, and training their volunteers. iMentor assists organizations by sharing advice, case studies and best practices to help ensure the success of your mentor recruitment.

Where do organizations typically find and retain a pipeline of volunteers?

iMentor recruits mentors willing to make an initial 3-4 year commitment to a single student. After this initial commitment, all pairs have the option to extend their relationship through college completion. To date the majority of iMentor’s mentors get involved through corporate partnerships, though we see significant promise in the involvement of other organizations. iMentor provides significant resources for mentor pipeline recruitment and has built a model that mentors — and their employers — find satisfying and feasible.

What have been the primary funding streams that partners have accessed to support this program?

The primary funding streams that partners have accessed to support iMentor have been corporate partnerships and local foundation support. In both cases, the iMentor program model – with its rigorous outcome-focused approach to post-secondary outcomes – has enabled partners to inaugurate new and grow existing local, state and national funding sources targeted at post-secondary attainment, mentoring, education, and workforce development.

For funders interested in youth development and/or mentoring, our tangible focus on college access and success makes iMentor unique, and within the education and college success realm, our one-to-one approach through mentoring along with the whole school model have also been compelling to funders. In addition to providing funds, corporations have been a significant source of mentors. The combination of flexibility through online mentor-mentee communication (versus a sole reliance on in-person meetings) coupled with the structure and guidance that our model offers, provide meaningful employee engagement opportunities for busy professionals.

We also strongly encourage our partners to secure designated funds through school districts and/or partner schools. Learn more about how iMentor supports your fundraising efforts.

iMentor Program Model

What are your mentor requirements and commitments?

Mentors undergo an extensive screening process before being accepted into the program. All mentors must complete background checks, fingerprinting, and reference checks. The safety of our participants is our number one priority.

Mentors must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Hold an Associates’ degree or higher
  • Live and/or work in the geographic area
  • Be available to travel to the mentee’s school for events at least once a month

Mentors commit to the following:

  • A minimum match of 3 – 4 years
  • Communicating with their mentee at least once a week (1 hour) and meeting in-person with their mentee at least once a month (2 hours)

What is the iMentor Platform and what role does it play in the program?

iMentor has developed a safe, secure, closed technology platform that facilitates communication between mentors, mentees, and staff. The iMentor Platform includes comprehensive tools for mentors and mentees to foster strong relationships as well as a set of tools for staff to manage, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the mentoring program. The tools include online applications and enrollment process, a mentor-mentee matching algorithm, secure online communication system, real-time program data, and program evaluation tools. iMentor offers full technology maintenance and support.

We do not license the iMentor platform as a standalone tool. When organizations partner with iMentor, they commit to fully adopting iMentor’s program model and receive access to the iMentor platform as part of a comprehensive program model that includes all the resources, tools, and supports to launch and implement the iMentor program in schools in their communities. 

What are your program outcomes? How do you measure program outcomes?

With college completion as our ultimate outcome, we have defined and measure the following long term outcomes that are necessary for our participants to achieve in order attain a college degree. These include:

  • High school graduation
  • College enrollment
  • College persistence

Our short-term outcomes are what we believe to be important levers for our program participants to achieve prior to reaching the more distant outcomes listed above. These include:

  • Developing strong personal relationships
  • Nurturing a college aspiration
  • Building critical non-cognitive skills that lead to college success
  • Navigating the post-secondary process

We collect the data necessary to measure these outcomes by implementing yearly pre, interim, and post surveys for program participants, tracking participant performance using our online platform, and requesting data from our school partners. We use this data to measure and assess program quality and to inform programmatic decisions that may influence outcomes for our participants. 

Check out our 2014-15 End of Year Report to learn more about our program outcomes.

Application Process

What is your application timeline and process?

Applications for a Fall 2017 program launch will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2016. Applicants will typically hear back within 3 weeks of their submission. Learn more about the application process:

What is your selection criteria for partner programs?

iMentor will assess each organization's application against a set a criteria to determine the organization's readiness and suitability to enter into a partnership with iMentor. Learn more about our selection criteria.

What does it cost to become an iMentor Partner Program?

iMentor Partners are asked to sign a 2.5 year renewable contract. The initial contract period includes an onboarding and planning phase of 6 months at minimum and 2 full years of programming. Partnership fees for the contract period total $140K paid over that timeframe.

The iMentor partnership fees provide access to all aspects of the iMentor model and comprehensive support, including our college success curriculum, technology platform, mentor recruitment, training and screening materials, program evaluation and analysis tools, in-person training and site visits, as well as the ongoing coaching of a dedicated iMentor Partnership Manager.

Learn more about the costs associated with becoming an iMentor Partner Program as well as the resources we provide to support your fundraising efforts

What happens after the 2.5 year initial partnership?

Our partnerships are renewable. Partners are encouraged to continue to partner with iMentor to manage and grow their programs and are given continued support and access to iMentor’s college success curriculum, technology platform, Learning Center, and evaluation resources for a $35,000 annual fee.

Have more questions? Email us at [email protected].