Today, we’re working with corporations like AT&T to make this possible. AT&T employees from over 33 states across the United States volunteer with We Teach Science.
I love hearing powerful stories from mentors like Arturo, an AT&T employee located in the Albuquerque, NM area and his mentee Manuel. Despite the geographical distance, the two made a connection right away through their online sessions and were able to bond over their similar backgrounds. Both are Hispanic and didn’t know many family members who went to college. Arturo shared his unique skills and experiences as a professional and inspired and encouraged Manuel to dream big. As a result of their relationship and work together, Manuel not only improved in his Math scores, but had a renewed interest in applying for college.
With technical divides bridged, all it takes is one person who is willing to take a few hours of their week to reach out to a child who needs help. We encourage other businesses to join us and collaborate with nonprofits, teachers, schools and caring citizens to help close the mentoring gap. Together, we can use the power of our networks to reach more students and connect them with mentors who can help turn their future dreams into reality.
1 Pew Research Center, Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, 2015
2 MENTOR and Civic Enterprises, The Mentoring Effect, 2014