Creating the Win-Win

Our guest blogger is Courtney KcKeown, National Partnership Specialist for iMentor. McKeown will be co-presenting the workshop “Creating the Win-Win: Offering Students Better Services Through Join Programming” at the 13th annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference on October 15th.

Acceptance letters are piling up for College Possible senior, Maleni.  Her mentor, Leah, could not be more proud. 

“It’s a lot of work to apply to college,” Leah said. “It’s incredible how focused she’s been, especially during her senior year.” 

Leah was matched with Maleni through Idealistic Mentors, a program that matches College Possible seniors with college-educated adult mentors. 

“It’s a great program,” said Maleni. “My mentor has helped me a lot in figuring out what I want to do in the future.” Maleni has been accepted to several schools including her first choice, Hamline University.  “It’s really nice that my mentor will be a resource through college,” said Maleni. “I can’t ask my parents questions about college because they didn’t go. It’s nice to be able to talk to someone who did.”

Want to hear more about how Twin Cities college access and success nonprofit College Possible is partnering with New York City based mentoring organization iMentor to help more low-income high school students like  Maleni get to and through college?

Come to our workshop on Oct. 15th at the 13th annual Minnesota Mentoring conference where we’ll talk about the Idealistic Mentors pilot and the successes and challenges involved with a multi-organization collaboration.  Participants will have the chance to ask questions related to their own work and brainstorm solutions to potential partnership challenges.  Key partnership learnings and guidelines for success will be offered.  Join us in learning more about establishing successful partnerships and growing the impact of mentoring across the nation!

About Mai-Anh Kapanke

Mai-Anh Kapanke is the executive director of the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota. Kapanke graduated from Michigan State University with a journalism degree. During the 2013-2014 program year, she was selected for a Humphrey Policy Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. In 2011, she completed the Institute for Executive Director Leadership program through the University of St. Thomas. Prior to her work in the mentoring arena, Kapanke was a television news reporter and weather anchor. She has served as a mentor with both Mentor Duluth and Kids 'n Kinship and currently coaches her daughter's soccer team.
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