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 studenst 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.)
YOU CAN MAKE A CHANGE
IN THE LIFE
OF ONE CHILDTODAY
Congratulations to our graduating Seniors and their Mentors
Champaign Centennial High School 2020 Graduates and their Mentors
Champaign Central High School 2020 Graduates and their Mentors
Champaign Novak Academy 2020 Graduates and their Mentors
Champaign St. Thomas Moore High School 2020 Graduate and Mentor
Urbana HIgh School 2020 Graduates and their Mentors
Vanessa Ramon Calderon
Demetrius (DJ) Morton
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: Demetrius (DJ) Morton
Mentor at: Urbana High School
Grade of Mentee: 12
Why is she mentor of the month?
DJ's mentee, Christian had this to say about his mentor. "DJ is my guide. He can't protect me from the game of life, but he teaches me the rules and how to play. He gives me wisdom, knowledge, and warns me about potential traps. He gives me hope and will always be in my corner, guiding me through the game of life."
How long have you been mentoring? 4.5 years
What inspired you to mentor?
The quote "Be who you needed when you were younger."
What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
My favorite aspect of mentoring definitely has to be the growth. Watching someone you care about grow and expand their thoughts and experiences about/with the world is an amazing process.
Why do you think others should mentor?
I think it is important for young people to get a better understanding of community and to learn the art of being open to figures in their life who aren't "positions of authority" but more "journey guides". For adults I think it is an important means by which we can pass on what we have been taught and share our similarities with those who may feel alone as they are entering into the unknown future.
Fall 2020 mentor training dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Urbana Middle School
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Champaign Mellon Bldg.
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 11:30 - 1:30 Champaign Mellon Bldg.
If you are interested in mentoring contact:
Lauren Smith in Champaign
Tom Howley in Urbana
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 below to see what a difference it can make to mentees attending college. Contact Lauren Smith for more information.
Mentor/Mentee 2020 Year-end Slide Shows
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See what a few of our graduating seniors and their mentors have to say about mentoring.
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