"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.)




Sping is Here!  End of Year Activities

We will not be holding our traditional pizza party and end of year banquets.   Each school will be hosting a small year-end celebration on site (depending on space and school regulations).  Your school coordinator will be contacting you with more information.

Small senior banquets will be held for each high school.   Do to COVID requirements, only seniors and their mentors will be able to attend.  All banquets will be limited to 50 and will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn.  Dates are listed below.  Your high school coordinator will be providing you with more information.

Senior Banquet Dates
Each high school will have a small banquet with a limit of 50 attendees - seniors and their mentor. All banquets will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Urbana High School - Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m..
Champaign Central High School - Wednesday, May 12, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Champaign Centennial High School - Thursday, May 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.


Continuing the Conversation
Optional Virtual Discussion for interested mentors
Thursday, April 1, May 6,  12 - 1, via Zoom

Join us to discuss the concepts of equity and how we, as mentors, can make a positive change toward improving our society through our own actions and through the children in our lives.  We ask each participant to read the book This Book is Anti-Racist, or watch the documentary, 13th, or listen to Podcast, Nice White Parents,.  If you are interested in participating, contact Gina Sterling (sterligi@u4sd.org).  

April 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: Brian Amentt

Mentor at: Jefferson Middle School

Grade of Mentee: 6

Why is he mentor of the month?

Gina Sterling, Mentor Coordinator at Jefferson says, "This school year has cahnged the way many mentors are able to meet with their mentees.  Without hesitation, Brian immediately jumbped into the Zoom meetings with hes mentee, Zai're.  Every single week he comes prepared with games or magic tircks to engage Zai're.  It always fun to hear the silly "trash talk" during games, which Brian almost always loses!   In times where everything is uncertain, it is inspiring to see such a great relationship flourish.

How long have you been mentoring?  2.5 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
I was inspired to mentor after seeing a co-worker bring his mentee into work one day, to show him around and learn about life in an office setting.  It was interesting for me to think about how kids generally only know about work throug the adults in their lives and could be interested in career paths they might not have thought about before.  I liked the idea of connecting with someone who I may have never interacted with otherwise.  Learning about what life looks like from their perspective, as well as being someone to talk with as an "outsider" from their normal circle.

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
My favorite aspect of mentoring is taking a break from the norm, both in my day and in the day of my mentee.  I can tell that my mentee looks foward to meeting up every week - even if these days it means doing so over Zoom.  And I enjoy taking a break from work and playing games once a week - some I haven't played in 20+ years!

Why do you think others should mentor? 
Others should consider mentoring because, as cheesy as it sounds, mentoring is fun!  Getting out of your comfort zone and feeling free to act like a kid once a week is good for the soul.  There are days when I feel like I'm so busy that I shouldn't be away from work, but everything feels so much better after mentoring.

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



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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