Shanelle Gordon, United Mentoring
Shanelle Gordon, a Brown University graduate, founded United Mentoring in Miami, Florida to help students of color and first-generation college applicants in the college admissions process. She started the program at her high school alma mater to fill a need in a community that she belongs to, as these populations are underrepresented at selective universities. In the mentoring program, rising senior high school students are paired one-to-one with mentors from Ivy League and similarly competitive schools. Mentors support students’ academic development and assist them in navigating the application process.