iMentor Chicago

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  • Investment to Date $1.3M
  • Students Served 2,895
  • Grantee Since 2018
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iMentor Chicago empowers first-generation students from low-income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. The model includes high-dosage, in-school programming combined with a dedicated mentor to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in college. Support continues in college with iMentor’s post-secondary program (PSP) which includes tailored advising and guidance from iMentor staff. 

Grantee Performance

Why We Invested

Since iMentor Chicago entered A Better Chicago’s portfolio in 2018, the organization has made deliberate model improvements, created a strong organization, and expanded its footprint in Chicago. iMentor Chicago continues to innovate its program model and improve operations to generate better student and mentor experiences and drive stronger outcomes. Despite a challenging environment over the last year, iMentor Chicago increased the college persistence rate by four percent compared to the year prior while also implementing new student advising strategies and launching a successful summer program for the first time. iMentor Chicago is led by a strong leadership team and supported by an engaged regional board. 

Looking Ahead

Over the years, iMentor Chicago has consistently grown to serve more students each year. However, the organization is gearing up for more aggressive growth than ever before, intending to double the number of schools from four to eight over in the next three years to ultimately serve 3,900 students by the end of FY26. To support this initiative, iMentor Chicago will focus on increasing staff capacity, building operational efficiencies, and expanding fundraising. The organization also continues to develop its sophistication around supporting students and mentors in the most effective ways possible. For example, using response to intervention (RTI) advising quickly targets resources and interventions to students who are off track or most vulnerable to becoming off track. iMentor Chicago is also exploring ways to expand and strengthen its summer bridge program, which the iMentor national organization is now considering replicating in other regions.