icouldbe.org to Compete in Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge

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15 Organizations will Receive Strategic Pro Bono Advice

Morgan Stanley will be making an incredibly important impact on students throughout disadvantaged communities nationally, who need access to knowledgeable mentors in order to succeed and plan for the future.

icouldbe.org, the nation’s leading online mentoring program, will compete alongside 14 other nonprofit organizations in Morgan Stanley’s fourth annual Strategy Challenge this spring. Over a period of eight weeks, teams of qualified professionals at Morgan Stanley will pair with each organization and offer pro bono strategic advice on growth and business model issues; at the end of eight weeks, these teams will present recommendations to their nonprofit clients which will be judged by a panel based on their ability to address the strategic challenge.

icouldbe.org pairs at-risk middle and high school students with an online community of national mentors. Over the past 12 years, the organization has grown due to its leading security and safety systems, research-backed 30-unit curriculum, and participation in a published research study examining the effectiveness of online mentoring. Now, icouldbe.org is pursuing a growth strategy to double its current number of participating students from 2,500 to 5,000 by 2014, and then to double again by the year 2016.

Kate Schrauth, executive director of icouldbe.org, is excitedly anticipating the upcoming sessions with Morgan Stanley. “We’re thrilled for the opportunity to have access to this level of guidance and expertise,” said Schrauth. “Morgan Stanley will be making an incredibly important impact on students throughout disadvantaged communities nationally, who need access to knowledgeable mentors in order to succeed and plan for the future. On behalf of icouldbe.org, we’re very grateful and can’t wait to begin strategizing with the Morgan Stanley team.”

Sessions will begin on April 4th, and Morgan Stanley will announce the three grant recipients in June.

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About icouldbe.org
icouldbe.org is an award-winning online mentoring program connecting high school students from diverse communities with mentors from across the country, cultivating meaningful relationships between students and e-mentors, to explore their interests and dreams for the future. Since 2000, icouldbe.org has used their research-backed curriculum to help over 25,000 students discover their passions and take action to realize their career and educational goals. To learn more about icouldbe.org’s services or to become a mentor yourself, log onto http://www.icouldbe.org.

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Alicia DeMartini