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Description/achievement of initiative

MENTEE connects historically underrepresented populations with a network of global mentors and a supportive program to give our mentees more power to shape their own lives. Our global mentors volunteer their time and offer virtual synchronous and asynchronous training and guidance in areas like journalism, finance, the arts, educational paths, career coaching, technology, entrepreneurship, and so much more. Each mentor shares their knowledge, teaches skills, and helps to foster personal and professional growth for those 18 and older. MENTEE assures that people and communities receive the help they need to accelerate their success, help each individual feel better about their future, and create a healthier world. We are proud partners of the UNAOC and IOM's PLURAL+ program.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Letita Zwickert, Founder and CEO of MENTEE. MENTEE's Board of Directors and Board of Advisors.


Al Sharq Youth, A Seat At the Table, the Disruption Society, Focus for Health, Hack4Impact, MBH UPskilling, People of Impact, PLURAL+, Proyecto Habesha, Scholars of Peace, Yagazie Foundation, and YaPo.
Progress reports
Goal 1
1.a - Ensure significant mobilization of resources from a variety of sources, including through enhanced development cooperation, in order to provide adequate and predictable means for developing countries, in particular least developed countries, to implement programmes and policies to end poverty in all its dimensions
Goal 3
Goal 4
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
4.7 - By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development
4.b - By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
Goal 5
5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
5.c - Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels
Goal 8
8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
Goal 10
10.1 - By 2030, progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average
10.2 - By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status
Goal 11
11.4 - Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.a - Support positive economic, social and environmental links between urban, peri-urban and rural areas by strengthening national and regional development planning
Goal 17
17.6 - Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism
17.7 - Promote the development, transfer, dissemination and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies to developing countries on favourable terms, including on concessional and preferential terms, as mutually agreed
17.16 - Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, in particular developing countries
17.17 - Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships

Data, monitoring and accountability
Immigrant and refugee student results on having stayed in the program, attendance rates, parental invovement, outlook on future adjustments, and more. This data will be made public and be published.
Additional longitudinal data as more students go through the program and the program expands. This data is shared with policy institutions. Data made public and published. This effect will continue as the program continues.
In-kind contribution
Chicago City Colleges is helping with finding mentors.
In-kind contribution
MOLA Chicago is helping by finding mentors and working within the schools.
In-kind contribution
Rober Morris University is helping with finding mentors, specialists, and business partners.
In-kind contribution
Various companies, like Oracle, IBM, Northern Trust are partnering to offer mentors for the program.

Basic information
Time-frame: March 28, 2018 - ongoing
Al Sharq Youth, A Seat At the Table, the Disruption Society, Focus for Health, Hack4Impact, MBH UPskilling, People of Impact, PLURAL+, Proyecto Habesha, Scholars of Peace, Yagazie Foundation, and YaPo.
Contact information
Letitia Zwickert, Founder & CEO, letitia@menteechicago.org
United Nations