In the early 1990’s, two women who understood the positive impact of caring adults on the lives of children came together to combine their ideas and founded Each One Save One (EOSO). Those two women were nationally-renowned television news anchor, Sally-Ann Roberts, and Cathy Harris, a small business owner and community leader who had been involved in mentoring since the early 1980s. Originally created as a mentoring resource to recruit, screen, train and match school children with adult mentors, Each One Save One quickly became the premiere mentoring organization in the New Orleans area, also providing mentoring enrichment sessions, training mentors from other programs and helping new mentoring organizations get started.
From 1994-2005, with offices and training space donated first by the Kiwanis club of New Orleans and then Gentilly Baptist Church, Each One Save One thrived, serving thousands of children. The floods following Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dealt the organization quite a blow, scattering mentors and mentees across the country and completely destroying the physical office, furniture and supplies. Rebuilding EOSO was slow as the staff, board and volunteers underwent the arduous task of rebuilding their homes, also devastated by the flood waters.
As the school-based mentoring program continues locally, Each One Save one is pursuing a bold new direction adding innovative technologies to dramatically expand the reach of mentoring experiences for mentees and mentors alike. E-mentoring has the capability to create long-lasting relationships, streamline the mentor screening process, inspire success through motivational messages for mentees, and counter negative online messages and more.