College Mentoring

For Administrators and Alumni Directors

Only 20% of low-income, first-generation students from Greater Cleveland’s public and private high schools, who go to college, will graduate from college, while 80% of students from the upper socio-economic quartile graduate from college. Nationally, 60% of students who go to college will graduate from college.

What if we were able to revolutionize mentoring using powerful matching technology combined with a proven curriculum of guided conversation prompts?

What if we were to give you a free tool to engage your current alumnus and in the process create more alumni with college degrees?

Results from a similar program suggest that we could expect to double the overall college graduation rates, to 40%, assuming every college-bound, low-income, first-generation student from Greater Cleveland was matched to caring, committed, college graduate.


With the support of the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s Innovation Mission program, C2C has launched no-cost, technology-enabled, alumni-powered micro-mentoring programs in partnership with Cleveland-area high schools, youth-oriented non-profit organizations, colleges and universities that serve a high percentage of low-income, first-generation students.

By optimizing the matching of community members, alumni, faculty, and staff with students, and providing proven, relevant and timely conversation starters each month, mentors can be confident in their ability to help students navigate their college experience.

In order to increase the graduation rates of their soon-to-be graduates, and engage their alumnus, C2C uses a simple-to-use online platform to make micro-mentoring matches between students and alumnus, provides monthly prompts to spark timely and relevant conversations related to college success based on the students’ expected graduation year.


A minute or two a day of mentoring, what we call micro-mentoring, can make all the difference in college completion and technology makes mentoring simple and mentoring program management easy.

Using proprietary technology provided by our partner MentorcliQ, high-quality matches are made, communication is tracked, engagement is evaluated engagement and information on persistence and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation college students is captured in easy-to-share reports for organizational stakeholders.

Program administration is simple and intuitive, and impact tracking reports are easy to generate and share – all designed to minimize program management expense and maximize mentoring program outcomes – and provided at no cost to mission-fit organizations and schools.

Please contact Bill Leamon at or call/text 440-503-3126 to learn more or schedule a college micro-mentoring program demo.


We recruited 100 mentors in 50 days, and with the help of our college mentors we hope to double our college graduation rates over the next 5 years by supporting our alumni throughout their college experience. The impact on the lives and the students is immeasurable, and the future of Saint Martin’s will be strengthened with every resulting success story. has given us all the support we need to succeed.

Dr. Chris TudicoDirector of College Counseling & Alumni Advising Saint Martin de Porres High SchoolCleveland, Ohio


Using a simple-to-use online platform, mentors and mentees are given monthly conversation prompts to help spark timely and relevant guidance to help students reach their personal and professional goals, starting with graduating from college. Mentors are committed to investing 1 hour per month, or about 2 minutes per day, communicating with their mentee via text, email, phone, video chat, or in-person for 12 months from the start of the mentoring relationship. Mentor annual commitment renewal is completely optional and requested without pressure or expectation.

If you have questions, please contact Bill Leamon at or 440-503-3126.


The Innovation Mission, a fellowship developed by the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland (SOCF) in partnership with the Cleveland Leadership Center, is teaching five local experts the power of innovative thinking – especially when it comes to fighting poverty. Nine months into the fellowship’s 18-month process, the five fellows have made extensive progress in learning the skill of innovation as a powerful tool to change the trajectory of poverty.

“These fellows are experts in their fields – aging, entrepreneurship, mentoring, housing, workforce development – but we know that when it comes to innovation, we need to start at the roots of the problems they are trying to solve,” said Susanna H. Krey, SOCF president. “The first half of The Innovation Mission encouraged them to slow down and immerse themselves, rather than jumping to a solution.”

By better assessing the problems they are trying to solve, the fellows established a strong knowledge base to head into the remaining months of the fellowship, Krey said. Now, they are working to build project plans that they will later present to funders for resources and implementation support.