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CricketTogether Webinar

In just 30 minutes you’ll meet the CricketTogether team, learn more about our mission, focus, and impact. And see firsthand how CricketTogether works to engage volunteers and make a difference in children’s lives.

eBook: Introducing eMentoring

February 2021

Learn how eMentoring overcomes time, cost, and distance barriers to enable mentoring that companies, employees, and children love. This eBook discusses:

  • The benefits and limitations of face-to-face mentoring
  • How the confluence of mentoring and technology (eMentoring) overcomes many of these challenges to achieve a far greater reach.

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12 Crucial Tips for eMentors

February 2021

During this time of social distancing, making a virtual connection is more important than ever. CricketTogether eMentors help students reach their full potential and provide a listening ear and encouragement to those who most need it. Here are some tips to create the most productive, successful eMentoring relationships!

Megan’s eMentoring Experience

Megan, a college mentor from Wellspring’s Youth Empowerment Program, shares her experiences with the MENTOR/CricketTogether VMP eMentoring program implemented when physical mentoring was not possible due to the pandemic.

Alexis’ Mentee Experience

Alexis, a mentee from Wellspring's Youth Empowerment Program, shares her experiences with the MENTOR/CricketTogether VMP program.

TryEngineering Together Teacher Lisa Hamlin – Impact when switched to virtual learning

Learn why TryEngineering Together was perfect for students as they switched from in-classroom to virtual learning.

Testimonial -VMP Testimonial, Alyssa Friends Program

Alyssa Anderson, Youth Mentor Coordinator, The Friends Program shares her experiences with the MENTOR/CricketTogether Virtual Mentoring Program

CricketTogether White Board “How it Works” – for eMentors

Testimonial -VMP Testimonial, Ann Thompson, Youth Empowerment Program, Wellspring

Ann Thompson, Youth Empowerment Program, Wellspring shares her experiences with the MENTOR/CricketTogether Virtual Mentoring Program

VMP Overview

Virtual Mentoring Portal powered by CricketTogether - Overview

STEM is our FUTURE, but girls and minority children need our help.

July 2020

The STEM economy is here. STEM jobs are growing faster (42% faster) and pay better (29% better) than non-STEM US sectors. But women and minorities are terribly underrepresented in STEM fields. To close this gender and race gap and better position women and minorities to participate in the new STEM economy, we must act now. To learn more about the STEM opportunity, the gender and minority gap and why we must inspire and encourage girls and minorities to STEM while they are young, please check out the TryEngineering Together infographic.  Feel free to share and download it.

eMentoring: expanding the Reach of Mentorship

Help children Get Excited About STEM Before It's Too Late 80% of all future professions will require STEM expertise. But many children lose interest in STEM before grade 6. To best staff our STEM workforce and ensure our children can fully participate, we must mentor and inspire them in elementary school. To help these children, corporate sponsors and eMentoring teams are needed now. To learn more and see what students, teachers and eMentors are saying about TryEngineering Together, please check out the TryEngineering Together™ infographic.

MENTOR Partners with Cricket Media’s CricketTogether to Expand Virtual Mentoring Portal

May 2020

EINpresswire | 05/20 MENTOR is partnering with Cricket Media to bring CricketTogether to MENTOR’s new Virtual Mentoring Portal to support children age 12 and younger. Through the partnership, the Portal will provide CricketTogether, a safe, guided, and rich curriculum-based correspondence model for virtual mentoring, providing access for existing mentees age 12 and younger and their mentors to continue their relationship while they may be separated due to COVID-19.

CricketTogether Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lobna Hewedi

CricketTogether Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lobna Hewedi

Hear From Our TryEngineering Together eMentors

Hear from TryEngineeringTogether eMentors and Mentees

On-Demand WEBINAR: Choosing a CSR Program: Why the Aerospace Corporation Chose Online STEM Mentoring

Listen to this insightful webinar, to learn why and how The Aerospace Corporation uses ongoing online STEM mentoring to  directly engage their employees with local elementary students to make a difference in the future of STEM. You’ll hear: In the webinar you will learn:

  • Why Aerospace chose eMentoring to meet the critical need to inspire and nurture the next generation of engineers and scientists in elementary school before they lose interest in STEM
  • How STEM eMentoring helps break through barriers that limit traditional mentoring
  • The results of eMentoring: hear directly from an active eMentor at The Aerospace Corporation and a teacher who will share what the program means to her students
  • How you and your company can get involved in STEM eMentoring

Mentoring with TryEngineering Together (IEEE video)

Are you curious about TryEngineeringTogether?IEEE Mentors share about their rewarding experience with TryEngineering Together.

TryEngineering Together Mentoring Experience

How TryEngineeringTogether Works

Ms. Hamlin Discusses TryEngineering Together

Ms. Lisa Hamlin, 5th grade teacher, discusses the impact of TryEngineering for her students.

TryEngineering Together

Hear from IEEE about TryEngineeringTogether

TryEngineering Together at Harding Elementary

Hear from students, teachers, and mentors involved in TryEngineering Together's program at Warren G. Harding Elementary School in Kenilworth, NJ

On-Demand WEBINAR: Why Northrop Grumman & Schneider Electric eMentor Children

Are you interested in a STEM program that supports economically disadvantaged students and integrates employee volunteerism? Listen to the on-demand webinar to hear directly from Northrop Grumman and Schneider Electric. During the webinar you will learn:

  • Why Northrop Grumman and Schneider Electric chose eMentoring to meet the critical need to inspire and nurture at-risk young people
  • The results of eMentoring—hear directly from active participants, both program leads and eMentors, who will share their real-world experiences
  • How you and your company can get involved in STEM eMentoring

On-Demand WEBINAR: Using STEM eMentoring to Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers

Listen to this insightful webinar, to learn why and how The Aerospace Corporation uses ongoing online STEM mentoring to  directly engage their employees with local elementary students to make a difference in the future of STEM. You’ll hear: In the webinar you will learn:

  • Why Aerospace chose eMentoring to meet the critical need to inspire and nurture the next generation of engineers and scientists in elementary school before they lose interest in STEM
  • How STEM eMentoring helps break through barriers that limit traditional mentoring
  • The results of eMentoring: hear directly from an active eMentor at The Aerospace Corporation and a teacher who will share what the program means to her students
  • How you and your company can get involved in STEM eMentoring

CricketTogether: Are You Curious?

Hear what administrators, teachers and students have to say about CricketTogether

Amy Recine Talks About Her Experience as a TryEngineering Together eMentor

Amy Recine Talks About Her Experience as a TryEngineering Together eMentor

Nine Highlights from MENTOR’s New Report on eMentoring

February 2020

Over the course of the 2019, several of us at Cricket Media had the privilege to serve as working group members on MENTOR’s just published paper on effective best practices for eMentoring. The report is a testament to the growth and tremendous potential for eMentoring. Beyond offering best practices, the report discusses: - Reasons for eMentoring’s growing popularity - Areas where eMentoring offers clear advantages over in-person models - The ability for electronic relationships between mentors and youth to be satisfying, fun and imbued with personality, despite the limitations of communicating digitally. This blog post highlights 9 key excerpts from the report.

Can eMentoring in Elementary School Make a Difference?

January 2020

They’ve given up hope in learning,” Mrs. Jackson told us, describing the 10-year-olds in her Jacksonville, North Carolina class. Many of her students were second language learners, some were homeless, and all were economically disadvantaged. She was seeking a solution that would both educate and motivate her students to see beyond their current world and discover their potential.  She lacked role models and adult volunteers willing to come help in her local community. Mrs. Jackson knew that doing this on her own was nearly an impossible task. Then she discovered eMentoring, offered on the CricketTogether platform, free to schools, which connected her with a classful of eMentors from a business located thousands of miles away. Through eMentoring, Mrs. Jackson was able to give every student their own adult eMentor.

Schneider Electric launches innovative new STEM eMentoring pilot program

November 2019

EINpresswire | 11/19 Schneider Electric, the leader of digital transformation in energy management and automation, today launched an eMentoring pilot program, TryEngineering Together, to inspire a passion for STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – among students for the future. The virtual mentoring pilot program will pair Schneider Electric eMentors from locations around the country with students in grades 3-5 to share their experience and collaborate on STEM-focused classroom projects.

Cricket Media Announces Partnership with Follett to Shape the Future of Literacy with Online Mentoring

October 2019

Cricket Media today announced a new partnership with Follett Corporation, a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content, to provide online mentoring services to students at Westchester Intermediate School in Westchester, Illinois. This partnership will use the innovative eMentoring program “CricketTogether” to help Follett accomplish their goal of improving literacy for students from their first day of school through college graduation and beyond.

Aerospace Shapes the Future of Students through Online Mentoring

February 2019

Aerospace | 2/19 Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to innovation in STEM education, employees of The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) will provide online mentoring to fifth grade students from Kujawa Elementary School, a Houston, TX school where 89 percent of these students are economically disadvantaged. TryEngineering Together’s eMentoring program provides a platform for students and Aerospace volunteers to communicate throughout the school year on a variety of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics…

Why IEEE’s TryEngineering Together E-Mentoring Program Is So Important

December 2018

On 24 December 1968, I was glued to the television watching the transmission of the Apollo 8 astronauts as they orbited the moon. Earlier that day, Frank Borman, Jim Lovell, and Bill Anders had fired up their service propulsion system engine, placing them and their spacecraft into lunar orbit and becoming the first humans to visit another planet. Their pioneering flight paved the way for the Apollo 11 lunar landing seven months later…

Everybody wins with eMentoring

June 2018

June 2018 edition/Business Trends Magazine/ – Global education company Cricket Media, Inc. aims to promote equity in education by producing and distributing award winning content and collaborative learning experiences that are accessible and affordable for all children. Laura Woodside, the Vice President of Education Products, for Cricket Media, highlights their recently formed partnership with IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, to launch TryEngineering Together…

Mentoring the Next Generation STEM Workforce: Western Digital Signs Up as Launch Partner for TryEngineering Together™

March 2018

CRS Wire | 03/06/18 WASHINGTON, Mar. 06 /CSRwire/ – Cricket Media and IEEE today announced Western Digital Corp. as the inaugural launch partner for TryEngineering Together, a new eMentoring platform giving companies a resource to mobilize their employees as volunteers to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technical professionals…

As a Former Mentee, Here’s How I Pass it On

January 2018

Along with my eight brothers and sisters, I grew up in a family where both parents worked and there was no time for them to read to us. We were poor, but didn’t really know it. It wasn’t until we saw what other students had that we realized what we did not have….

eMentoring Program Brings Professionals into Lives of Kids in Need

November 2017

NEW YORK, NY., Nov. 04 /Black Enterprise/ – Cricket Media is a global education company that’s created an innovative e-mentoring program making a critical difference in the lives of children in need…This phenomenal program is expanding—it’s bringing STEM concepts to third through fifth graders to affirm their interest in math and science. In January, CricketMedia and partner IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for engineers, will launch TryEngineering Together…

Answering the Call to Build the Next Generation STEM Workforce: Cricket Media and IEEE Team up to Launch TryEngineering Together™

November 2017

CRS Wire | 11/02/17 MCLEAN, Va., Nov. 02 /CSRwire/ – As part of the global commitment to develop a robust STEM workforce for the future, Cricket Media, Inc. and IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced a partnership to create TryEngineering Together, a unique eMentorship platform giving companies a resource to mobilize their employees as volunteers to inspire and educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and technical professionals…

Innovative eMentoring Program Launches in Detroit to Support Student Growth in Reading and Writing

August 2017

DETROIT, Aug. 02 /CSRwire/ – This summer Motor City students between third and fifth grade are connecting one-on-one with adult eMentors from around the country. This program, coordinated by Libraries Without Borders and Cricket Media, and implemented in partnership with the Detroit Public Library and Matrix Human Solutions uses the new CricketTogether platform to enhance students’ learning in and out of the classroom…

Keep an eye on these 7 notable ed tech tools from ISTE 2017

Game-based learning platforms, eMentoring services and STEM robots caught our eye on the showfloor.

With over 21,000 attendees and exhibitors packing San Antonio’s Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference was massive. (It’s an assertion backed up by the number of sessions we saw that were so popular they had queue lines in case anyone left.)…

Cricket Media Launches *New* Corporate Social Responsibility Platform Giving Employee Volunteers a Digital Connection to Students, Mentoring Literacy and Skills for Success

June 2017

MCLEAN, Va., Jun. 27 /CSRwire/ – Cricket Media today launched CricketTogether, a safe, innovative, turnkey eMentoring solution that gives corporate social responsibility leaders a platform for Employee Engagement that offers caring employee volunteers a meaningful opportunity to deliver a compelling educational experience for children and teachers across the country…

Cricket Media Launches New Platform for Empowering Teachers to Create Independent Learning Paths for Students at ISTE 2017

June 2017

Today at ISTE 2017 Cricket Media launched CricketTogether™, a unique, innovative eMentoring platform that helps teachers create independent learners by combining powerful writing tools, compelling content and access to role models. By matching carefully-screened, caring adult role models with students 1:1, CricketTogether creates a safe environment where students get guidance from and build friendships with their eMentors, learn from content that interests them, and receive coaching from their teachers along their learning paths…