"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.)





Thinking of becoming a mentor?
See what a few of our 2021 mentee graduates had to say about mentoring.   
(Click on banquet video)

Fall and Winter Mentoring News


New Mentor Trainings

We are looking for new mentors.  If you know someone who would make a good mentor, talk    to them about the One to One mentor program and suggest they contact Mia Lavizzo (mlavizzo@usd116.org) in Urbana or Lauren Smith (smithla@u4sd.org) in Champaign to sign up for a training.

         Upcoming One to One Mentor trainings

         Tuesday, January 25th, 2022 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
         Thursday, February 10th, 2022 11:30 - 1:30

New Urbana District 116 Director of Mentoring and Community Involvement
                               The Urbana School District is pleased to welcome Dr. Mia Lavizzo to the                                     position of Director of Mentoring and Community Involvement.  Prior to                                       taking this position on November 1st, MIa had worked at Centennial HIgh                                   School school as a school social worker (Aug. 2017 - Aug. 2018) Dean of                                   Students (August 2018 - August 2021), Assistant Principal (August 2021 -                                   October 2021). MIa received a MSW in Social Work from the University of                                   Illinois and a Ph.D. in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, also                                 from the U of I. She is excited about her new position and welcomes you to                                 call (217.337.0853), email (mlavizzo@usd116.org) or stop by her office at                                   Urbana Middle School to say hello.

National Mentor Month - January 2022

January is National Mentor Month and we are
celebrating you!

Thursday, Jan. 20th - Mentor Breakfast
7:15 - 8:30 Stone Creek Church, 2502 S. Race, U.
Hear from a panel of mentees and mentors about how 
they have kept their matches strong and "re-
connected for the future"

Invites will be mailed to you after the New Year


Thursday, January 27th - Thank Your Mentor Day
Your mentor benefit card (mailed in your breakfast invitation) will be good all day for discounts at local businesses.


Didn't receive a Mentor Breakfast invite by Janaury 10?   Contact Karen Decker in Urbana, (kdecker@usd116.org) or Lauren Smith in Champaign (smithla@u4sd.org

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November - December 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: Matthew Clegg

Mentor at: Champaign Central High School

Grade of Mentee: 9

Why is he mentor of the month?

Matthew has been a devoted and dedicated mentor for the past 4 years and didn't miss a beat during COVID zoom mentoring. He and his mentee met every week via Zoom last year!  Matthew's continual support and encouragment helped his mentee during the challenging year.  Their relationship has become a true friendship that will last a lifetime. 

How long have you been mentoring?  4.0 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
I was inspired to mentor by the research that illustrates clear benefits, both academically and social-emotionally, for students who receive mentorship.  I want to make a positive impact on others and knowing that building this type of relationship with youth is a concrete way to do so pushed me over the line to signing up for this program. 

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
The best thing about mentoring is the relationship that develops.  Having a long-term relationship with my mentee has been a gift.  I plan on staying in Champaign so I"ll likely end up with 8 years in this program which is awesome, but even for mentors that end up having to move, it is still at least a year-long relationship and typically longer.  I've had conversations about school, firends, classes, and even college as my mentee has grown.  My mentee took up the saxophone since we began and attending his concerts is fun.

Why do you think others should mentor? 

Others should mentor because it's a win-win situation.  The mentee benefits from the relationship and so does the mentor.  I've looked forward to the days that I get to meet my mentee the past four years and I'm excited to see him continue to grow now that he's beginning high school in the fall. 

Winter 2022 training dates:

January 25, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
February 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.


If you are interested in mentoring contact:

Lauren Smith in Champaign

MIa Lavizzo in Urbana

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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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