Mentor Testimonials


"Mentoring through Sponsor-A-Scholar has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

I have been honored to become a part of two young people's lives. Both have graduated from college and are developing successful careers. 

I encourage everyone to become a mentor. Not only are you helping someone else, but you can also bring joy and a sense of fulfillment into your own life."

Matthew, mentor of Kolel and Jarell, Albany High School Class of 2012, Rochester Institute of Technology Class of 2016.

"As a longtime Sponsor-A-Scholar board member, I strongly believe in the transformational power of mentoring relationships.

Mentoring is central to our program, and it is a powerful resource for our Scholars. 

As I have worked with Vashnie, I have witnessed her growth, and I am excited to see her begin her college experience."

Gerry, mentor of Vashnie, Schenectady High School Class of 2016, State University of New York at Oneonta Class of 2020.

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“I am the person I am today because of a mentor, and I hope that Toshan and the other students in Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar will be able to say this in the future as they go on to mentor the next generation of students.

As a mentor, I must make myself available to allow him to grow and develop while providing opportunities for intellectual and self-discovery. Sometimes we just grab a cup of coffee; other times, we visit colleges.

My hope for Toshan is happiness. He’s a capable young man with an acumen for success, so my hope is that he can apply happiness to everything he does in life."

Geoff, mentor of Toshan, Schenectady High School Class of 2018.


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"Isiah is one of the most good natured people I have ever met. His enthusiasm for everything, be it learning, family or sports, is infectious.

He has the ability to do whatever he sets his mind to. I hope Isiah will follow his dream  and pursue a career in the medical field.

I also know his compassion and great sense of humor would make him a patient favorite. I look forward to watching the next step in Isiah’s journey!"

Joe, mentor of Isiah, Albany High School Class of 2015, State University of New York at Potsdam Class of 2019.

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"Becoming a mentor through Sponsor-A-Scholar has opened a relationship that I know will last for years to come.

Watching Sean grow from 10th grade to his high school graduation has been so rewarding.

I am so excited to stay in touch with him as he heads off to college and I plan to support Sean once he starts his career."

Ryan, mentor of Sean, Troy High School Class of 2016, State University of New York at New Paltz Class of 2020.