Chairman William E. Mullins, President, Workforcedge, LLC
President Robert Goetsch, President & CEO, Be A Mentor, Inc
Secretary Thomas Thurston, VP, Wells Fargo
Treasurer Elfride Groh, Accounting Manager, Felson Companies
Member Jerod Powell, Founder and CTO, INFINIT Consulting
Member Vasily Starostenko, Director, Tesla
Started as “Students in Business” motivated by the desire to improve the caliber of our founder’s potential future workforce. The initial program was designed to guide academically challenged students in creating a small business. After discovering the ones who thrived were those who developed relationships with adult advisors, efforts were redirected to facilitate 1:1 youth-adult relationships.
Launched “Be A Mentor Project,” connecting 40 youth with adult mentors. Officially became Be A Mentor, Inc. expanding to manage numerous mentoring projects with cities, counties, schools and other agencies.
Collaborated with Intel to launch an employee-focused Email mentoring program. Intel employees connected with students via Email to provide support on specific classroom projects. Developed our Volunteer Management System (VMS), a cloud-based tool to process and manage volunteer applications, monitor matches and retain data on activities.
Our VMS tool began to help other agencies with their mentoring programs.
Our VMS tool began to radically change how school districts manage volunteers.
Collaborate to form the East Bay Mentoring Partnership to serve 300 at-risk youth. Our VMS serves as the central management system.
Developed a cost-effective collaboration model that pulls together mentoring agencies to share resources and reach significantly more vulnerable youth.
Launched the Mentorship 2020 Foster Youth Initiative.
We are a leader in advancing the mentoring agenda. More than 3,000 youth have been paired with caring adult role models.
Our goal is to connect half the 60,000 foster children in California with adult mentors