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The Department of Education's New York City Mentoring Program Celebrates National Mentoring Month!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015  


On Thursday January 15, 2015, the Department of Education’s New York City Mentoring Program (NYCMP) observed Mentoring Recognition Day at a memorable event at the Museum of American Finance. The 2015 Mentor and Mentee Pair of the Year, Sofia Rahman and Lynjean Quilang were recognized at the reception which drew over 300 participants. Ms. Rahman and Ms. Quilang gave impressive testimonials on their mentoring experience. The Fund for Public Schools Executive Director Iris Chen, Museum of American Finance President and CEO David Cowen, and NYC Department of Education’s Executive Director for Programs and Partnerships Ainsley Rudolfo also shared their insights on the value of mentoring.

The Mentor-Mentee of the Year designation is awarded to a pair that most exemplifies the positive impacts of a mentoring relationship. Lynjean was new to the United States after moving from her home in the Philippines. She did not know the language well and was having a hard time getting used to life in the U.S. especially since she was away from her mother. When Lynjean joined the NYCMP and met her mentor Sofia, she felt that Sofia became her “American Mom.” Sofia helped Lynjean alleviate the stress of high school—especially by helping her with assignments and giving her advice on exams. Sofia even provided Lynjean with SAT books as practice tools which were very helpful in preparation for the test. Lynjean says, “Sofia became my role model. She became one of my inspirations and motivations to become successful in life and school.”   Lynjean received a $1,000 check for college expenses.

Throughout the event attendees enjoyed refreshments and the museum exhibitions including a celebration of the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, on its centennial anniversary. Attendees were invited to attend workshops on Stocks & Bonds and the Role of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.  Refreshments were provided by Chef Brunell and culinary students from the School for International Studies in Brooklyn, and were enjoyed by all!

The program, created in 1983, currently serves 27 high schools through 30 programs with 26 partnering organizations, including law firms, financial institutions, alumni associations, and entertainment companies. Mentors work on setting and achieving goals with their mentees, provide advice on schoolwork and the college admissions process, and broaden students’ horizons by exposing them to the city’s vast cultural resources. There are approximately 600 students participating in the New York City Mentoring Program; since the program’s inception, over 28,000 students have participated.

The Fund for Public Schools works to attract private investment in school reform and to encourage greater involvement of all New Yorkers in the education of our children. This includes working to secure critical funding for system-wide education reform initiatives; facilitating strategic public-private partnerships; managing a targeted set of programs to support city schools, including the New York City Mentoring Program; and building citywide public awareness. Organizations interested in having employees become mentors should email


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