iMentor - 25 Years of Mentoring Moments

The Magic of Mentoring:

Celebrating 25 Years of Mentoring Moments

As iMentor celebrates its 25th anniversary, I am proud of the accomplishments that our students, mentors, partners, and staff have achieved together. The future holds even more mentoring moments – first pair meetings, more college graduations, and more career launchpads. I am inspired for us to continue this journey together.
Dr. Heather D. Wathington, Chief Executive Officer of iMentor
Dr. Heather D. Wathington
Chief Executive Officer

Our Beginning Moment

iMentor was founded in 1999 by John Griffin, founder of Blue Ridge Capital, and two public-interest lawyers, Richard Buery and Matt Klein, who believed in the power of mentoring and the impact of providing young people with equitable access to a college education. Over the past 25 years, we’ve expanded to three regions, 23 partner programs, and served over 42,000 students.

See Our Impact

iMentor demonstrates positive outcomes in the lives of our mentees and mentors – fostering success through college degrees, career pathways, and fulfilling relationships.
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Students mentored
0 %
of iMentor students who applied were accepted into college
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Volunteer mentors

nearly 1 in 5 mentors return to mentor again

3 %
of iMentor students shared their mentor helped them set career goals
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Mentoring moments
1 %
of mentors say they know more about equity & education issues because of iMentor

Mentoring Moments

Milestone Moments

Moments from

New York City

iMentor NYC expanded from a single school in the Bronx with 49 mentees to 11 partner schools. It serves 3,000 students each year and has become the largest mentoring organization that partners with NYC public schools. Throughout its growth, iMentor NYC has fostered several impactful corporate partnerships, including Citi, PWC, EY, and Morgan Stanley, which have cultivated hundreds of employees as mentors and board members.

iMentor NYC
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iMentor is founded in 1999
iMentor Partner Programs launch in 2007
Moments from

Partner Programs

In our efforts to reach young people everywhere, iMentor launched Partner Programs in 2007 to support non-profit organizations to build their capacity. Since then, we have partnered with 84 organizations to impact the lives of 18,000+ students in local communities across the country.

Moments from


iMentor Chicago launched in 2015, focusing on serving young people on the South and West sides. It was awarded William Blair’s Chicago Community Partner Award, providing $200K in seed funding for their Next Gen Leaders career pathways work. In 2022, iMentor Chicago launched their 5th school partner within the district and secured their first million-dollar donation to enhance career connected learning for students. iMentor Chicago now serves over 1,000 high school students each year.
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iMentor Chicago launches in 2015
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iMentor Bay Area launches in 2016
Moments from

Bay Area

iMentor Bay Area launched in 2016. Over the past seven years iMentor Bay Area has proudly served more than 1,300 students in Oakland and San Jose.

Moments from


iMentor Baltimore launched in 2019, serving over serving over 200 students in its initial year and matching its 300th mentor in 2022. iMentor Baltimore recently celebrated its five-year anniversary with Governor Wes Moore and First Lady Dawn Moore to commemorate its commitment to serving the youth of Maryland.

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iMentor Baltimore launches in 2019

Our Celebration Moment

Save the Date:
Champions Dinner

New York City, 2024

Join Us

We believe in the power of mentorship. Over the next ten years we aim to ensure all first-generation college students have a mentor to support them. Join us today and make more mentoring moments happen!
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