The Vision of Image Impact International is to powerfully impact the careers of first-generation college students by preparing them to succeed in the workplace. Our Non-profit 501(c)(3) Mission is to mentor first-generation students to remain in college. Through our college to career bridge programs, we provide the leadership, communication, and professional skills needed for workplace success.
Our Program & Initiative Successes Include:
Coaching makes an impact. Research shows that students who are coached are more likely to stay in college and graduate. Image Impact International’s Mentoring 4 Impact program collaborates with mentors from diverse industries and organizations as well as field-diverse coaches to provide additional targeted support. Image Impact International provides this original program for first-generation students at John Jay John Jay College Juniors and Seniors in the CUNY LEADS Program, working in conjunction with John Jay’s Office of Accessibility Services and CUNY LEADS (Linking Employment, Academics, and Disability Services).
This program is made possible by the Focus for Health Foundation Grant and the non-profit Image Impact International.
Meeting once a week at the college for 16 sessions, Mentoring 4 Impact is a certificate program that covers
leadership, communication, networking, interviewing, federal application processes, and
professional resume skills enabling students to gain needed support for thriving in both college and the workplace.
Coming from diverse backgrounds and career fields, our mentors commit for two-semesters.
Mentors are trained in disability awareness, person-first language, and mentoring etiquette.
Mentoring pairs are coordinated based on student majors and mentor career experience.
Mentoring takes place at CUNY's John Jay campus in New York City.
A free, certificate program to refine your resume, project a professional image both online and in person, gain job interview experience, strengthen leadership skills, and prepare for job fairs and internships with 16 sessions from October 2018 and March 2019
Confidence, Professionalism, Leadership and Mentorship
Short-Term and Long-Term Goals
Resumes that Get Results
Verbal Brand and Elevator Pitch
Dressing 4 Impact
Virtual Brand and Digital Presence
Phone and Online Interviews
Professional LinkedIn Profiles
Face- to-Face Job Interviews
Federal Application Processes
Leadership and Expectations
Internship and Workplace Success
Networking with Leaders
Job Fair Preparation
Mock Job Fair Interviews
The Mentoring 4 Impact program provides a unique and collaborative program with training and mentors for the entire one-year school term, preparing the students for a professional certificate upon completion and professional life skills for their upcoming career search and job fairs. Practical, applicable and beneficial for students, teachers, mentees and mentors. #mentoring4impact #mentoring
Civility 4 Impact, 2012 – 2018
Civility 4 Impact is an “awareness initiative month” sharing daily messages of motivational and inspirational Civility Quotes, Civility videos regarding 'What civility means to you' and Civility discussions of positivity via social media to engage and inspire thoughtful discussion on incorporating civility back into the workplace and society each May. Serving since 2012 as the Global Sponsor in Chase's Calendar of Events, celebrating our 6th year as part of our core mission. (Chase's Calendar of Event is the Go-To-Media guide for Special Events, Days, and Months.) Three messages have gone viral, and we share on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google + and YouTube. Promotes a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and dialogue to advance civility on campuses today. Creates strong partnerships with Career Services staff to support civility activities for first-generation college students. Annual events include Global Civility Awareness Month each May and a recognition program.
Training 4 Impact, 2013 – 2018
Training 4 Impactis our “train-the-trainer” continuing education program. Image Impact volunteer instructors are required to attend this popular course before they step into a college classroom. Featuring four Image Impact volunteer instructors, this intensive classroom program enables participants to confidently develop curriculum for adult learners and diverse audiences. The agenda focuses on how to master the diverse roles of a trainer, drive the training process from needs analysis to delivery, create clear learning outcomes, apply creative strategies to learning challenges, and power-up learner engagement.
Thirty-seven (37) attendees have completed this program to date. It is scheduled next on October 20, 2018 at the Microsoft Store Fifth Avenue, which generously provides in-kind complimentary space.
NYIT Service Learning Projects, 2014
In 2014, Image Impact collaborated with NYIT Career Services to offer service learning opportunities for two undergraduate classes. Student projects for Image Impact included a competitive analysis, branding recommendations, student-led focus groups, and a campus wide survey.
York First Mentoring Pilots, 2015 – 2016
In 2015 and 2016, Image Impact launched two mentoring pilots for sixteen (16) student leaders serving on the executive boards of the www.AIESEC.org chapter at York University. Mentoring was mainly virtual (via phone or Skype). A well-received live presentation to the entire student chapter was also provided by an Image Impact volunteer guest speaker. These early pilots gave Image Impact the valuable feedback needed to develop our program for CUNY John Jay.
Monroe College, 2017
In June 2017, Image Impact offered three hour complimentary “Branding 4 Impact” and Non-verbal communication training for fourteen (14) college students (primarily first-generation) and career services staff. This content will be used in the CUNY John Jay pilot program.
Monroe College, 2018
In March 2018, Image Impact provided three hour complimentary “Digital Presence” training for ten (10) college students (mainly first-generation) and career services focusing on virtual interviews and LinkedIn. This “Virtual Brand” material will be used in the CUNY John Jay pilot program.
"Civility Means Kindness.
Kindness to Ourselves, Our Communities and to Our Earth."
- Image Impact International #kindness #civility
Mentoring Leaders 4 Impact empowers first-generation college students by providing one-to-one access to a diverse network of mentors and industry professionals. Through mentoring and practical experience in leadership, communication, and professional skills, students gain the support they need to thrive in college and the workplace. This career advancement program features networking opportunities, guest speakers, and a powerful podcast series.Find Out More