You’ve Truly Changed My Life for the Better

As part of National Mentoring Month, today is “Thank Your Mentor Day.” CPE student Kela, a senior at Benjamin Banneker High School, expresses her thanks to her CPE mentor Heather below. Kela also reminds us how mentoring can impact the lives of low-income students as they navigate high school and college. Please join CPE today in thanking your own mentors on social media, and tell us what they meant to you. #MentorIRL   I first met my mentor Heather when I was in the 11th grade … [Read more...]

Anyone Can Be a Mentor

Mark Samburg is a 2007 graduate of Brandeis University and received his J.D. in 2010 from Harvard University. Today, he is an attorney in Washington, D.C. In 2016, Mark was matched with Kane Minor, a 2015 graduate of KIPP DC College Prep and current sophomore at Albright College. Still in his first year of mentoring, we caught up with Mark as he shared how he has grown and learned from Kane.   Before joining CPE, I’ve never really served as a formal mentor before.  I’ve taught, … [Read more...]

Growth Is a Two Way Street

  Rachel Meltzer is a 2014 graduate of Furman University in South Carolina. Today, she is a project assistant with the Bipartisan Policy Center. In 2016, Rachel became a CPE mentor to Diamond, a high school senior attending Eastern Senior High School. We caught up with Rachel to see how her mentoring experience has made her reflect on the impact of mentors in her own life.    I think I can speak for most people when I say: High school is hard. Growing up is hard. … [Read more...]

“I Find Myself Learning From Him”

          As part of National Mentoring Month, today is “I Am a Mentor Day.” We thought this would be the perfect opportunity to feature one of our more than 300 volunteer mentors who dedicate themselves weekly to inspiring low-income students to attend and graduate from college. Brian Naumick, a Project Executive at Clark Construction, shares how being a CPE mentor is as much a growth experience for him as it is for his mentee Daniel, a high school … [Read more...]

Mentoring CPE Students: In Real Life

        men·tor /ˈmenˌtôr,ˈmenˌtər/ noun A trusted counselor or guide Tutor, coach Merriam-Webster Dictionary   What Does Mentoring Look Like “In Real Life?” Reflect on your life for a moment. Is there anyone who has been your personal champion? Someone who kept you encouraged, someone who believed in you perhaps when you didn’t believe in yourself? Someone who inspired you to go the extra mile? Maybe a coach or teacher who took a … [Read more...]

The Walmart Foundation Supports CPE Student’s and Mentors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE       November 8, 2016 Capital Partners for Education Receives $25,000 from the Walmart Foundation to Support its 1:1 Mentoring and College Success Program   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Capital Partners for Education (CPE) today announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation to help fund its one-on-one mentoring, academic support services, and professional development programs to support over 400 low-income students, placing them on the path … [Read more...]

It Feels Good to Say “You Can Do It, I Believe in You.”

Damien Savage is a 2009 graduate of Southern University in Louisiana. He moved to Washington after college graduation and began a career as a staffer on Capitol Hill. Today, he is a Congressional Sales Lead for Bloomberg Government. In 2015, Damien became a CPE mentor to Chaz, a high school sophomore attending Woodrow Wilson High School. We caught up with Damien to ask him how his mentoring experience is going so far.   How did you wind up in Washington D.C.? I came to D.C. after … [Read more...]

I Had No Idea How Lucky I Was

I was a college freshman at Tufts University in September 1990. On my first day on campus, I remember feeling stressed, alone, and more than a bit scared as I watched my parents drive away. I was left in an unfamiliar environment with total strangers. Doubt began creeping into my mind as to whether I was prepared to compete with my peers academically. I put on a face of excitement and friendliness to mask my overwhelming feelings of doubt and uncertainty. I recently had occasion to remember … [Read more...]

Myiah Smith, CPE Henry D. Owen Award Winner

  Myiah Smith, recipient of the Henry D. Owen Scholarship, shared reflections on her CPE high school experience and the relationship with her mentor Ellen Gee at CPE’s Annual Cap & Gown Celebration. Myiah graduated from the SEED School of Washington D.C. in May 2016, enrolled at Georgetown University in the fall of 2016, and is now a part of the CPE Transformer program. The Transformer program will continue to support Myiah’s mentoring relationship with Ellen and help ensure that … [Read more...]

CPE College Student Jaushai and her Mentor Stacia are Like Family after Seven-Year Mentoring Relationship

Earlier this week we caught up with Jaushai, who has been matched with her mentor Stacia since Jaushai was a high school freshman at Elizabeth Seton High School in 2009. Throughout their seven year relationship, Stacia, also an alumna of Elizabeth Seton, has supported Jaushai through her high school and college experience. Today, Jaushai attends Bowie State University and is on track to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2018. And Stacia is still her mentor.   Jaushai’s … [Read more...]