"Building Relationships,
  Changing Lives"

Welcome to CU 1-to-1, Champaign/Urbana's school based mentoring program!  Our mission is to positively impact the lives of select Champaign-Urbana students by pairing them with adult mentors to provide support, encouragment, and guidance.  Here you will find information about our program, events, how we are effecting positive change in the lives of our communities' children and how YOU can become a mentor and join the ranks of our amazing mentoring community! (Click the mentor button to the right.)




January is National Mentor Month!

Thank you for mentoring and making a difference in two lifes.
Celebrate with us during January.

January 6 and 7 - I Am a Mentor Day -  Post the I am a mentor
icture on your social media sites to encourage others to
consider mentoring.  (Ask your coordinator to send you 
the file to post.)

January 21 - Virtual Mentor Lunch , 12:00 - 1:00
Join our webinar as Martin Srajek talks about how we are mentoring now!
Soup can be picked up at Piato's (vegetarian) or Pekara (non-vegetarian).

A luncheon invite was mailed to all mentors on January 4, If you don't receive it by the 8th, please let your coordinator know.  It has soup pickup and RSVP instructions.

January 28 - Thank Your Mentor Day, Use your mentor benefit card to receive discounts at local businesses.

All month - Encouarage others to consider mentoring.  Two virtual mentor trainings will be held on January 26, 5:30 - 7:00 and February 10, 11:30 - 1:00.

January 2021 

Each month we will be highlighting a mentor in the Champaign/Urbana school district.  These are the faces of community members who are giving a hour of their time per week to meet, have fun, and make a positive impact on the lives of our children.  We are so grateful for each of them and all they do---join the ranks of some awesome people who dare to "be the change". 

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi




Name: Aida Guhlincozzi

Mentor at: Central High School

Grade of Mentee: 10

Why is she mentor of the month?
Central coordinator Suzanne Loechl has been impressed with how Aida has nurtured her relationship with her mentee during COVID.  Aida recently moved out of town, but has continued to keep in touch her mentee via Zoom. Says Suzanne, "They are in the process of discussing the mentee's future, perhaps as a dental hygienist.  Both mentor and mentee recently zoomed with the mentee's counselor to talk about classes."

How long have you been mentoring?  4 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
When I moved to Champaign-Urbana for graduate school, I was eager to get involved with my new community and participate.  I grew up volunteering as part of my community in San Antonio, Texas, and consider it part of my DNA.  I love being involved and knowing the people and institutions where I'm living.  As the daughter of two educators, mentoring seemed like a great way to get involved and support students.  When my friend and fellow mentor Julia Cisneros told me about the program and encouraged me to apply after sharing the positive experiences she had already encountered, I new it was for me.  

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
I greatly appreciate the opportunity to focus on my mentee and her needs for an hour each week.  When we could meet in person, it was great to go to a quiet space on or near campus and just listen to what was going on in her life.  Some problems that are so big to mentees are small to adults because we've already been through them!  So there's an opportunity to offer perspective but also validation, and reassurance that there are paths forward.  It's a conversation like any other, but unique from most I have in my day-to-day.

Why do you think others should mentor? 
The need is great, the effort required is so small, and the reward is so big.  These students are AWESOME! Getting to hear about their lives and share in their wins and offer support in their lows is a privilege that I'm forever grateful for.

Winter 2021 mentor training dates:
Tuesday, Jan.. 26, 5:30 - 7:00 pm.  - Virtual
Wednesday,  Feb. 10, 11:30 - 1:00 - Virtual


If you are interested in mentoring contact:

Lauren Smith in Champaign

Tom Howley in Urbana



See what a few of our 2020 graduating seniors and their mentors have to say about mentoring. 

Make a Difference 
   Donate to the Scholarhsip Fund

Why not consider donating money to the Mentoring Scholarship Foundation in honor or memory of someone?  Watch the video to the left to see what a difference it can make to mentees attending college.  Contact Lauren Smith smithla@u4sd.org for more information.

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