iMentor partners with high schools in low-income communities to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in college. The organization implements high-dosage, in-school programming across entire 11th and 12th grade classes, 1:1 mentoring that extends into college and a remote, post-secondary program that tailors supports based on students’ pathways.
Why We Invested
iMentor works to change the odds for every 11th and 12th grade student in its partner schools, providing students with the skills and knowledge needed to access and succeed in college. Despite progress in the last decade, most Chicago Public School (CPS) graduates do not earn a college degree. Based on recent data, 60 percent of CPS high school graduates enroll in college, but only 40 percent of enrollees ultimately graduate. iMentor Chicago (iMC) is changing the path to and through college. Of the organization’s first class of high school graduates, 66 percent enrolled in college which represents nearly a 10-percentage point increase compared to a similar set of students not in the program. Recently, iMC welcomed a new executive director who brings compelling expertise aligned to the organization’s needs. With a versatile leadership team at the helm, the organization is poised to build upon its strong track record to date to expand its footprint in Chicago.
iMC has demonstrated an impressive track record, growing from 207 students in 2016 to more than 1,000 in 2018. The organization has an ambitious vision for scale, with plans to double in size to serve nearly 2,300 students by 2023. Building on strong momentum to date, iMC is on-track towards its goals and anticipates reaching an additional 300 students, serving approximately 1,300 in 2019.
Investment launched in January 2018. Management support project to begin later this year.