Please help us give all our students the support and encouragement they need to excel. Donate or volunteer today.
IMANI is an independent 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that relies exclusively on private and corporate donations. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. A contribution to IMANI is a great way to make a positive difference in the lives of the many deserving students who benefit from our programs and services.
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Donate By Mail
Please make checks payable to "IMANI" and mail to: IMANI, 73 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042.
If you would like to make a major donation to support our mission, or partner with us to fund an IMANI program initiative, please call Executive Director JoAnn McCullough at (973) 509-2822, or email JoAnn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mentors guide students through the college admission process, providing whatever assistance is necessary to research and finalize post-graduation plans. Mentors receive intensive training to help students search for colleges, fill out applications, complete financial aid forms, and provide one-on-one support and follow-up as needed.
The consistent attention and encouragement that mentors provide is critically important in helping students believe that college is a real and attainable option for them. The mentor’s enthusiasm and gentle prodding can make all the difference for students who are uncertain about their prospects. The qualities that make a great mentor include patience, persistence, and the ability to relate to students from varied backgrounds.
Essay coaches help students develop the personal statements required for admission to almost every college. Coaches brainstorm essay topics with students and provide the direction and feedback needed to produce concise yet compelling essays. While many of our essay coaches are professional writers and editors, a writing background is not required. We welcome anyone who has the willingness and desire to encourage reluctant writers and motivate them to do their best work.
All coaches participate in hands-on training and periodic refresher workshops where they learn proven strategies and techniques to assist students in drafting, revising, editing and polishing their college application essays.
Office volunteers provide assistance with administrative tasks related to the college search and application process. Volunteers may help with mailings, event planning, database management, and other clerical functions. Supervision and training to perform these tasks will be provided as needed.
Mini IMANI volunteers
IMANI Reading Circles run on the volunteer steam of parents. Please consider volunteering as a parent facilitator or driver:
Parent facilitators lead group discussion by encouraging students to participate, acting as timekeeper, and helping to keep the conversation on track.
Drivers share the responsibility of carpooling to transport children to and from book club meetings