Students Report Positive Experiences Using StudentMentor.org to Connect with Professionals

SILICON VALLEY, Calif. – April 05, 2011 – StudentMentor.org, a revolutionary nonprofit mentoring program launched in 2010, has already helped hundreds of college students seeking career or academic advice connect with professionals in their field(s) of interest.

Co-founders Ashkon Jafari and Stephanie Bravo were inspired to launch the site after having positive mentorships of their own. When Ashkon started college at age 16, he says he felt “lost” because he had no one to help him navigate the maze of college and the subsequent transition to his chosen career.

When Ashkon landed his first internship, his boss offered to serve as a mentor, providing him with “real-world” information about his chosen field and advice on the steps he would need to achieve his goals. The experience proved so valuable that Ashkon wanted to provide a resource for other students who needed the same kind of help.

Although there are many resources available on the internet that allow students to explore various careers, StudentMentor.org is the first national organization to offer college students direct access to professionals already working in their field of choice.

To date, StudentMentor.org has attracted more than 1600 participants, which include mentors from a wide variety of professions and students at more than 300 colleges and universities nationwide. Many of the students have already reported positive experiences using the progaram to connect with professionals and improve their academic and personal lives.

Mentee Danielle Albright says that the personal attention, encouragement, and advice she has received from her mentor, Joseph Illingworth, has benefited her in many ways. Since she began meeting with Joseph, Danielle feels “more positive about her future, less intimidated, and more willing to seek advice from other professionals.”

Danielle’s mentor, Joseph, has always enjoyed mentoring new employees and interns, so when he discovered StudentMentor.org, he jumped at the chance to give something back. The biggest surprise for Joseph has been that mentoring is “not a one-way transaction with most of the benefits being given to the protégé or mentee.”

Joseph explains that “knowing a few people on the inside can open up a whole new world to you.  They can help you find the top blogs, professional associations, important business conferences, and influential people in that profession.  The problem with this vision is that most beginning college students don’t yet understand how powerful this experience can be.”

Students or professionals wishing to participate in the program can sign up on the StudentMentor.org website and find a match within minutes.

 

About StudentMentor.org

StudentMentor.org is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit that matches college students seeking career or academic advice with professionals nationwide. Any college student, from any school or major, can find a mentor in their field(s) of interest through StudentMentor.org. The program is free to any college student in the United States. The program has been featured in Fortune, CNN, and USA Today.

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