“Sometimes it’s the people no one imagines anything of
who do the things that no one can imagine.”
– Alan Turing “The Imitation Game”
Bank of America kicks-off their Corporate Engagement Program

Brrr….it is cold outside! But Mentoring USA has been keeping busy. Our Corporate Partners support has allowed Mentoring USA to continue to develop new projects and programs throughout the USA. Bloomingdale’s, Bank of America, Delta, Kenneth Cole Productions, Macy’s, Nasdaq, NBA, Novartis, Rand Engineering, and our newest supporter is WWE. Introduce us to your company so that we can continue to grow and expand our corporate engagement programs. Contact Jane atrecruitment@mentoringusa.org

The Mentor Mingle was a great success! Over 60 people braved the cold to meet Mentors from all of our program sites and Mentoring USA staff. Please visit ourFacebook page to see the pictures. It was a fun evening and we hope to continue hosting more events in the future.

Too cold to be outside? Go to Bloomingdale’s! Give back while you shop with family and friends! The Fashionable Fundraiser is a 3-day nation-wide event which raises much needed funds for Mentoring USA. This year’s event will be held fromFebruary 24 – 26 at all Bloomingdale’s locations.

Don’t like to shop? Barclays Center, in the heart of Brooklyn, continues to recognize our volunteers! Use this DISCOUNT LINK to receive reduced prices on events throughout the year.

Mentor Tip: Cultural Sensitivity

Culture is the behavior, beliefs and characteristics of a particular social, ethnic or age group such as: youth culture; hip hop culture; Asian culture, sexual orientation, religion or gender. A culturally-sensitive Mentor with an understanding of the youth’s worldview is critical to forming a successful Mentor relationship.Recognize and acknowledge the many aspects of different cultures by avoiding stereotypes and not judging other cultures by standards of one’s own. It is important to be open to learning and respecting different cultural groups. Recognize and celebrate your differences with your Mentee. Exploring your commonalities can serve as an early and central step in connecting with your Mentee, and will help form the foundation for a lasting relationship.

Photo: Stanley Isaacs Beacon Mentees and Mentors ice skate at Bryant Park, NYC

RSVP

Mentoring USA is partnering with RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) to provide our volunteers ages 55+ with TWO great benefits: Partial Transportation Reimbursement and Supplemental Accident Insurance.Your current Mentoring USA volunteering assignment will remain the same when you sign up to be an RSVP volunteer member. As an active volunteer of Mentoring USA, all you have to do is fill out an application to receive the benefits and join this national volunteer program!

For additional information on RSVP and their benefits visit their website or call Yvonne Peña at 212-614-5408 or contact Jane at volunteering@mentoringusa.org

Mentor Highlight: Michael Boonstra

I Have a Dream Foundation: DeHostos
Mentor since 2012 
“I wanted to give back and when I heard about Mentoring USA I knew I could be a Mentor and be effective. New York is a big city but we all live and circulate within the small circles of our contacts, our families and our jobs. Mentoring enables kids to meet adults and expand their horizons. A short comment or word of encouragement can have a great effect. It was a real pleasure seeing my Mentee light up when several colleges sent acceptances and he went through the process of making a decision of where he would attend. You have nothing to lose by becoming a Mentor and everything to gain…you just have to be present.”