Strategy #5: Seek the Wisdom of Others


Organizations and programs that provide mentors, pair mentors with protégés, or pair big brothers or big sisters with little brothers or little sisters
Name of Organization: Black Wall Street
Name of Program: Mentoring the 100 Way
Stage: College/Adult
Scope: National
Subject: Social/Scholastic/Professional
Specificity: Ethnic-based
Description: BWS Merchants Association’s Work Plan is based on service and advocacy. Ensure member’s investment is returned in direct services that promote, market, and support the districts and individual businesses. Advocate effectively for the implementation of the policies essential to the continued revitalization.
Website: http://www.blackwallstreet.org
Name of Organization: Telementor
Name of Program:
No Particular Title
Stage:
College/Young Adults/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Community/Professional
Specificity:
General
Description:
Provides academic mentoring support from professionals of ITP sponsor companies. All student/mentor communication is project focused and facilitated by a teacher or parent. Telementor also facilitates electronic, academic based mentoring relationships between professional adults and students worldwide, and is recognized as the leader in the field of academic based mentoring.
Website:
http://www.telementor.org/

Name of Organization:
Micro Mentor
Name of Program:
No Particular Title
Stage:
College/Young Adults/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Community/Professional
Specificity:
General
Description:
A free online service that connects small business owners with business mentors. MicroMentor puts experience to work by offering business professionals meaningful volunteer opportunities and by offering entrepreneurs one-on-one advice to help build successful businesses.
Website:
http://www.micromentor.org

Name of Organization:
iMentor
Name of Program:
No Particular Title
Stage:
College/Young Adults/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Community/Professional
Specificity:
General
Description:
Cultivates relationships between young people and volunteer adult mentors through an innovative combination of e-mail correspondence and in-person meetings.
Website:
http://www.imentor.org/
Name of Organization: MentorNet
Name of Program
No Particular Title
Stage:
College/Young Adults/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Community/Scholastic/Professional
Specificity:
General
Description:
Nonprofit e-mentoring network that positively affects the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and others underrepresented in these fields. MentorNet provides highly motivated protégés from many of the world’s top colleges and universities with positive, one-on-one, email-based mentoring relationships with mentors from industry, government, and higher education.
Website:
http://www.mentornet.net

Name of Organization:
MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership
Name of Program
No Particular Title
Stage:
College/Young Adults/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Community/Scholastic/Professional
Specificity:
General
Description:
Nonprofit e-mentoring network that positively affects the retention and success of those in engineering, science and mathematics, particularly but not exclusively women and others underrepresented in these fields. MentorNet provides highly motivated protégés from many of the world’s top colleges and universities with positive, one-on-one, email-based mentoring relationships with mentors from industry, government, and higher education.
Website:
http://www.mentoring.org

Name of Organization:
Change
Name of Program:
MENTOR
Stage:
Youth/College/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Social
Specificity:
Ethnic-based
Description:
MENTOR works with a nationwide network of more than 30 State and Local Mentoring Partnerships to bring mentoring to scale. This means doing whatever it takes – state by state and community by community -to connect the 15 million children in this country who want and need mentors with caring adults who will listen to them, stand by them and help them develop to their fullest potential
Website:
http://www.change.org/mentoring
Name of Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Name of Program:
The Alpha Phi Alpha-Big Brothers Big Sisters Partnership
Stage:
Youth/College/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Social
Specificity:
Ethnic-based
Description:
One-to-one youth service for more than a century, developing positive relationships that have a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young people. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country
Website:
http://www.bbbs.org

Name of Organization:
Essence
Name of Program:
Essence Cares
Stage:
Youth/College/Adults
Scope:
National
Subject:
Social
Specificity:
Ethnic-based
Description:
A national mentoring movement in the USA that connects individuals seeking mentors or those wanting to be mentors with mentoring resources in their local community. Their mentoring focus is on at-risk Black youngsters and improving literacy, strengthening academics, and promoting safe and responsible activities. They have partnered with many other well-known organizations and have developed local Community Care Circles in urban areas in the US.
Website:
http://www.essence.com/
Name of Organization: Inroads
Name of Program:
Internship
Stage:
Youth/College
Scope:
National
Subject:
Social/Scholastic
Specificity:
Ethnic-based
Description:
Students are assigned a professional mentor and receive a summer salary. In addition, many interns receive job offers from their sponsor company upon college graduation. Companies that have sponsored students in the past include: Ernst & Young, IBM, Merrill Lynch, General Motors, General Electric, Lucent Technologies and Boeing.
Website:
http://www.inroads.org/

Name of Organization:
Management Leadership for Tomorrow
Name of Program:
ML4T Internship
Stage:
Youth/College
Scope:
National
Subject:
Social/Scholastic/Professional
Specificity:
Ethnic-based
Description:
Participants are assigned a mentor with similar interests and experiences who can help students select graduate business programs and find full-time employment. Students also have access to internship, fellowship and volunteer listings.
Website:
http://www.ml4t.org/

Name of Organization:
100 Black Men of America, Inc.
Name of Program:
Mentoring the 100 Way
Stage:
Youth/College
Scope:
National
Subject:
Social/Scholastic/Professional
Specificity:
Ethnic-based
Description:
Is one of the signature programs of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. This holistic program addresses the social, emotional and cultural needs of children ages 8-18. Members of the 100 are trained and certified to become mentors, advocates, and role models for the youth within their communities
Website:
http://www.100blackmen.org/mentoring.asp

Name of Organization:
Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)
Name of Program:
SOARS Mentors Program
Stage:
College
Scope:
National
Subject:
Scholastic
Specificity:
Ethnic-based
Description:
a multi-summer, four year undergraduate and graduate program for students majoring in an atmospheric science or a related field such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science.
Website:
http://www.soars.ucar.edu/