What is Alcye?
Alcye (/al·see/) is a Mentoring Marketplace and a social impact platform championing to make mentoring equitable and accessible as it creates a global learning ecosystem. Our process focuses on the people and the value each person brings to the table creating a knowledge community and an organic professional network.
Alcye has a unique mentoring model connecting mentees directly with mentors. There are no gatekeepers. Each person mentors another with their expertise, as well as get advice on their needs – you are the mentor and the mentee. This creates an opportunity for self-empowered learning, thus narrowing the knowledge gap and expanding possibilities.
How Alcye helped Nikki
Nikki is a young woman, in her first semester at Mesa Community College in Arizona. She wants to finish her basic classes and attend a university, but is unsure. Nikki has no role models, as no one in her family has gone to college. She's seen violence in her household and wants to make a better life for herself, but often gets discouraged and thinks about dropping out.
So, Nikki signed up on Alcye hoping to find someone who can help her. Nikki found Heather, also a first-generation college-graduate. Heather is mentoring Nikki on what she needs to do to get into college. She's also telling Nikki her own story and what it means to be independent and earn her own livelihood. Heather will be Nikki’s anchor as she goes through the first year of community college. Perhaps, they'll be friends for life.
As it so happens, Nikki is a runner and is finding pride in mentoring another Alcye sister, Janice, a 55yr old who wants to take up running and improve her health. Through Alcye, Nikki has found a way to both support and be supported.