Mentoring goes social - WALB.com, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

Mentoring goes social

By Christian Farr

CHICAGO, IL (NBC-WMAQ) - Reginald Dunlop is trying to make things easier for the next generation.

He decided in his youth that he wanted to be a pilot, but said it was tough to find a role model who looked like he did.

"I didn't have personal connections," said Dunlop.

He didn't let the lack of an African-American mentor deter him from his dream.

He worked hard, and for two decades worked as an airline pilot.

He was eventually promoted to captain.

In order to keep others from experiencing the same hurdles that he did, Dunlop created 4BlackYouth.com. It's a website that connects young people with those in their chosen fields.

"When you take on a mentoring role, you are able to cut the corners for somebody," explained Dunlop.

Key features of the site are the directory of scholarships, the lists of jobs and internships, the mentor connect community and the career profiles, which offer job descriptions for more than 300 careers.

The social media aspect of the site allows students from anywhere in the country to be connected to a mentor.

For example, student Ashley Sanders, who lives in Westchester, Illinois used the site to connect with marine biologist Danni Washington, who lives in Miami, Florida.

Merchant marine boat Captain David Linnea and Southwest Airlines pilot Lester Harris have been online mentors since the site launched roughly two years ago.

"I've actually worked with children from Atlanta and told them things they need to do to go into the Merchant marines operations," said Linnear.

While most of the site is free, the online tutoring section costs $70 per month, but it's not your average face-to-face help session.

Sanders used 4BlackYouth.com to raise her geometry grade from a "C" to an "A," and that's partly because tutors were available to her 24 hours per day.

"You don't have to wait. You just log right in, and however long you want to be on there, it's perfect," said Sanders.

Dunlop wants to keep growing the site.

"In the future we want more corporations to participate through mentoring through sponsorships so we can spread the message and spread the work that we're doing on a broader scale," he said. 

For more information click here.

Copyright 2011 WALB.  All rights reserved.   Feedback

  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • Valdosta man's murder conviction upheld

    Valdosta man's murder conviction upheld

    Monday, February 19 2018 8:58 AM EST2018-02-19 13:58:20 GMT
    Monday, February 19 2018 10:06 AM EST2018-02-19 15:06:54 GMT

    The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that upholds the 2011 conviction and life sentence for a Valdosta man.

    More >>

    The Georgia Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday that upholds the 2011 conviction and life sentence for a Valdosta man.

    More >>
  • PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    PetSmart holds national adoption weekend for pets

    Monday, February 19 2018 12:33 AM EST2018-02-19 05:33:47 GMT
    Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)Nearly 40 animals were adopted out over the weekend at Petsmart. (Source: WALB)

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>

    Dozens of animals in Southwest Georgia are curled up in new homes tonight.  That's thanks to PetSmart's National Adoption Weekend. Saturday three different Humane Societies from South Georgia brought pets looking for new homes to the Albany PetSmart. 

    More >>
  • Black history program honors history maker

    Black history program honors history maker

    Sunday, February 18 2018 11:55 PM EST2018-02-19 04:55:08 GMT
    Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers is the longest serving airman in U.S. history. (Source: WALB)

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>

    "I'm always honored but more importantly I'm humbled that folks would honor me for doing the nation's business," said Major General Retired, Alfred Flowers. History-maker Major General Retired Alfred Flowers has been in South Georgia this weekend. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly