In celebration of National Mentoring Month and the launch of In Real Life, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) has chosen to recognize those who have demonstrated a deep commitment to delivering critical connections to our nation’s young people to aid them in achieving success at home, school and ultimately in the workforce. This blog series will feature weekly posts throughout the month of January, and focus on an individual’s proven commitment to youth mentoring and the powerful impact it has had for youth in real life.
Dedicated to ensuring the success of America’s young people, Sapna Shah has been involved in youth mentoring for over 20 years.
A successful businesswoman, Shah has been instrumental in the growth of Minds Matter, a comprehensive, three-year program that empowers young people from low-income families to achieve college readiness and success.
As a mentor and team leader, Shah has worked closely with high-achieving young people from low-income families to help prepare them for college, and has supported other mentors and students through her work.
“In my over 20 years of experience at Minds Matter, I’ve seen first-hand how strong mentor relationships change lives. Mentoring provides these low-income but high-achieving students with a broader worldview, and helps them achieve their educational and career dreams. I’ve been proud to be a part of an organization that makes such a difference in its students’ lives,” Shah said.
A former national board member of Minds Matter, Shah has helped grow the organization to 12 chapters and more than 1,700 young professional volunteers across the country.
She has been deeply engaged at every level of the organization’s success, and has encouraged others, including her own friends and family, to participate in youth mentoring efforts nationwide.
Through personal investments in support of youth mentoring and student success, Shah and her family have helped create scholarships for Minds Matter students, both through the organization and at the University of Pennsylvania.
Shah’s commitment to America’s young people has helped support increased academic success among students from communities of the highest need, and has brought us one step closer to closing the mentoring gap.