How E-Mentoring Works
E-Mentoring at iCouldBe is a journey that starts with students in public high schools across the US who select their own mentors, professionals working in careers that the students may want to pursue, and definitely want to learn more about. iCouldBe is embedded into existing classrooms, where one class period per week, students work on e-mentoring activities that focus on academic success strategies, career exploration, and post-secondary educational exploration and planning.
The Opportunity Gap
The Drop-Out Crisis
1.2 million children
drop out of school
average 70% nationally,
but only 50%
for African American
students and 47%
for Latino students.
Understanding The Opportunity Gap
iCouldBe provides every mentee with a caring adult who spends 10+ hours on guidance, career and college counselling and has created a scalable, national model to reach any student who would benefit by having a mentor in his or her life.
Published findings from 2010 and 2013 prove that iCouldBe has excelled at creating a structured research-backed curriculum that significantly improves students efficacy, confidence, and decision making skills, and enhances protégé’s post-program career aspirations.
[Linnehan, F, DiRenzo, M.S., Shao, P, Rosenberg, W.L, A Moderated Mediation Model of e-mentoring, Journal of Vocational Behavior, (April, 2010)] and [DiRenzo, M.S., Weer, C.H.& Linnehan, F., Protégé Career Aspirations: The Influence of Formal E-mentor Networks and Family based Role Models, Journal of Vocational Behavior (2013), doi:10.1016/j.jvb.2013.02.007].
“These findings suggest that the impact of mentoring can have impressive and lasting effects on protégés that can positively alter career identity and greatly enhance career-related motivation and ambition.”
iCouldBe is a leader in online safety and fully complies with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Protecting the young people we work with is our top priority. We do this by performing identity verification and criminal and sex-offender background checks on all potential mentors, monitoring and filtering communications through our state-of-the-art system, and requiring our mentors to notify us of any inappropriate, illegal or potentially endangering communications.
Background Checks on Potential Mentors
U.S. and Canadian mentors are required pass a thorough background check in order to participate in iCouldBe. This includes a National Criminal Check, a National Sex Offender Check and an Identification Verification.
Monitored and Filtered Communications
All communications between mentors and mentees occur internally within the iCouldBe system and are subject to filters and monitored by program staff. Mentors and mentees utilize user names to protect their anonymity and do not communicate via their personal email addresses or identify the user’s name or place of residence.
To learn more about iCouldBe’s safety features view the presentation at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.