"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 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.)




Congratulations to our Graduates!
& View Year-End Slide Shows.

Click on a button below to view the year end slide show.

Centennial Graduates

Mentee                     Mentor 
Xanylah Craig              Lynn Mikovich
Lauren Cravens              Diane Buller
Emmon'y Davis           Teresa Harvey

Taniece Davis  Jazmine Summerville

Reyanna Dodd             Betsy Alfonso

Jabariona Fowlkes          Karen Rock
Devin Gilbert             Brad Schnizlein
Kendall Henderson        Dean Brown
Elijah Moore Hernandez Justin Craig
Traveon Johnson             David Gray

Rachel Ormsby              Diane Buller
Amareon Parker                 Joe Gallo
Alani Price                  Lynn Mikovich
Josh Taylor                  Wade Franklin


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Central Graduates

Mentee                     Mentor 
Izayah Alexander          Justin Wilfley
Arianna Balgoyen Yolanda O'Connor
Dyamond Bass           Kourtni Turner

                         Dwania Clark-Turner

Nick Costa                   David Sharpe

Franklin Crawford          Nathan Rath
Hailey Hamm            Margaret Mauer
India Huffman            Amanda Baker
Keyon McLaurin            Ron Cochran
Angel Mendoza            Charles Craig
Jaliyah Nesbitt                Kate Flugge

Brianna Ronk              Kathryn Glynn
Terrykah Smith       Margaret Stewart
Ellena Thomas           Leisha Beasley
Heaven Walker            Lynn Mikovich


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Novak Academy

Luca Villasenor         John Gutzmer

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Urbana Graduates

Mentee                     Mentor 
Britany Alvarado          Karen Shelton
Jose Alvarez                      Jeff Unger
Daijohna Billings          Kristen Young

Arizona Dalton           Dave Charney  Nia Diaz                         Kim Ormsby

Kelis Dunn      Caroline Ewing Helton
Corvaughn Estes            Philip Gable
Marissa Guiles      Courtney Tamimie Harlon Howerton-Sweid
Keenan Arnette
Aaliyah Jackson                Lula Chen

Eli Johnson  Phyllis Winters-Williams
Bailey Kimbrell    Lynnsey Brownfield
Adan MIchel               Michael Bantz  Brooklyn Nesbitt      Arlene Anderson
Allison Perez-Briseno
Deborah Tamimie
Tyonna Pettius                   Mary Blair
Joe Tull                 Steve Schollmeier
Tony Walker           Sharon Dill-Hardy
Jermale Young                   Dan Hoch


2021 Senior Award Winners
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Jazmine Summerville - Taneice Davis  - G
Phyllis Winters-Williams - Eli Johnson (
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Grit award
Lauren Cravens - C

July 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: Karen Carney

Mentor at: Urbana Middle School

Grade of Mentee: 7

Why is she mentor of the month?

Brice Boembeke, coordinator at Yankee Ridge and Dr. Willliams Elementary Schools, said the following. "Karen is always excited and eager to spend time with Hayden.  She takes the time to maintain communication with Hayden over the summer by writing letters.  Karen is creative, constantly introducing new things into the meetings to keep them exciting.   Most recently the two agreed on a book to read and then discussed it over the course of their last meeting.  Karen  is always eager to expand her knowledge, participating in every activity and optional training session that she is able to attend.

How long have you been mentoring?  2.0 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
A co-worker of mine at the University of Illinois served as a C-U One-to-One Mentor, and I admired the relationship she built with her mentee, as well as her dedication to being a good mentor.  She encouraged me to think about being a mentor myself.  

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
I love hearing what my mentee is thinking about.  She is such a fascinating person -- funny, honest, and contemplative-- and I really look forward to getting her take on current events or what she's reading or learning about at school.

Why do you think others should mentor? 

There is a good deal of empirical research that suggests that mentees can derive life-long academic, professional, and psychological benefits from their mentoring relationships. That's reason enough to serve as a mentor.  But I think it's also worth noting that mentors benefit from these relationships as well.  I often find that meeting with my mentee can transform a blah day into a good one, and that was definitely the case this past year!  Being able to continue meeting on Zoom during the pandemic (thanks to our excellent mentor coordinators) was something both my mentee and I looked forward to each week.

Fall 2021 training dates:

September 21, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
October 7, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
October 13, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


If you are interested in mentoring contact:

Lauren Smith in Champaign

Tom Howley in Urbana

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See what a few of our 2021 graduating seniors and their mentors have to say about mentoring. 

Grit award
Taniece Davis - CI

JFG Award
Eli Johnson - Urbana

Vision Award
Terrykah Smith - Central

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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