iMentor began in 1999 with 49 school pupils. Now it mentors around 3,000 school pupil in New York, and it seems to work extremely well: 85 percent of mentees get their high-school diploma, fully 20 percent higher than the national average. The accompanying platform has discussion templates on topics such as getting a job, which ought to serve as the basis for email exchanges between pupils and mentors on at least a weekly basis. There is also a calendar function to encourage mentors to invite pupils along to particular events and help them to build a network of contacts. The platform’s metrics allow iMentor to track how often mentors and pupils actually come together, and they distribute regular evaluation surveys on the platform so that they can improve the programme, impact measurement tools are built in. The formula is a success, which has so far managed to get 13 partner organisations on board, reaching a total of 2,700 mentor-mentee pairings across the USA. This growth shows no sign of slowing: iMentor hopes to gain ten new partners a year, so that by 2018 the programme would have around 12,000 active pairings.