Notable Pairs 2018-2019 School Year

 

2019 Mentor & Mentee of the Year

Basya (NYC Law Women) and Sharmila (Hillcrest High School)

Basya (NYC Law Women) and Sharmila (Hillcrest High School)

Basya and Sharmila

NYU Law Women / Hillcrest High School

Basya and Sharmila have been paired as mentor / mentee for the past three years, and during each of these years their relationship has grown. At the start, Sharmila was a quiet, reserved freshman student who often kept to herself. As their relationship developed, Basya inspired Sharmila to step out of her comfort zone by giving her the confidence to engage in small group discussions at mentoring events, which then lead to large group discussions with her fellow mentees. Now a senior, Sharmila communicates with almost every member in the program and advocates for what she believes is right, often taking leadership roles with their program.

The pair also worked together to set goals for themselves and became very driven to try and explore new things. They toured Basya’s summer work site, ate out together, explored Queens, and played games. Sharmila often reaches out to Basya for advice about school, college applications, and a myriad of other concerns. As a result, Sharmila developed the confidence to seek out exciting opportunities. In January, she was invited to speak at the National Mentoring Month celebration hosted by NYC Service where she met New York City Department of Education’s Chancellor Richard A. Carranza and Patricia Eng, Chief Service Officer of NYC Service.

Being part of the mentoring program and building a relationship with Sharmila over the last three years, has constantly reminded me of the important things in life and kept me grounded.
— Basya, mentor

To demonstrate their close bond, Basya invited Sharmila to her wedding, which Sharmila says “was a fantastic experience. My mentor is like an older sister to me who is there to guide me through high school and life.”

Sharmila and Basya Winning Mentor~Mentee Pair.jpg

We are pleased to announce Basya and Sharmila’s Award for the 2019 Mentor & Mentee of the Year!


Honorable Mention for the 2019 Mentor & Mentee of the Year

Sheyla (High School of Economics and Finance) and Lori-Ann (FWA)

Sheyla (High School of Economics and Finance) and Lori-Ann (FWA)

Lori-Ann and Sheyla

Financial Women's Association / High School of Economics and Finance

Sheyla and Lori have been paired for the last three years. The pair meets regularly at least three times a month, always attend group events together, and work on college-related activities such as applying for scholarships. Some of the best mentor/mentee sessions take place at Starbucks where the pair works through challenges Sheyla may face at school or home.

I was a safe place for Sheyla to vent, get advice, and a support system to help push her forward when challenges seemed daunting.
— Lori-Ann, mentor

Sheyla attributes her successes to her mentor’s constant effort to see her every Tuesday morning before school to review school assignments, giving her the confidence to do better in her classes. Aside from working on school-related matters, the pair has attended theater and dance productions and celebrated Sheyla’s 17th birthday. Both expressed an appreciation of having a well-rounded mentoring experience that encompasses both professional and personal development. Lori-Ann is proud of Sheyla’s accomplishments and believes the future is bright for her mentee.

We are pleased to announce Lori-Ann and Sheyla’s Honorable Mention for the 2019 Mentor & Mentee of the Year!


Honorable Mention for the 2019 Mentor & Mentee of the Year

Tyla (High School for Careers in Sports) and Sylvia (AEA Investors)

Tyla (High School for Careers in Sports) and Sylvia (AEA Investors)

Sylvia and Tyla

AEA Investors / High School for Careers in Sports

Sylvia and Tyla have been matched for three years and over this time have built an extraordinary bond. They’ve learned so much about each other and about themselves. Both share a love for science fiction so when the opportunity arose to see “The Avengers: Infinity War” movie, they both had a wonderful time!

Together the pair has worked on school work and college applications, volunteered at a soup kitchen, and gone out for dinner. To ensure Tyla goes off to college with strong life skills, the pair worked on things like learning how to balance a checkbook, how to store food properly, the importance of credit scores, the difference between credit and debit cards, and learning what labels mean on packages and clothes.

The NYC Mentoring Program has given me a mentor for life, who has not only helped me in my journey, but also inspired me to become a mentor myself someday.
— Tyla, mentee

Tyla also describes how Sylvia inspires her to volunteer and help the less-fortunate because her mentor finds time to volunteer in her local church to provide services for homeless people.

We are pleased to announce Sylvia and Tyla’s Honorable Mention for the 2019 Mentor & Mentee of the Year!