"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.)




February Trainings and Studies

Know Someone Who Would be a Great Mentor?
Encourage them to attend our final 2nd semester training.

Wednesday, February 10, 11:30 - 1:30 - via Zoom
To sign up contact Tom Howley in Urbana (thowley@usd116.org) or
Lauren Smith (smithla@u4sd.org) in Champaign.

Responding to Suicide with Compassion
Optional Mentor Training -
Thursday, February 25, 5:15 - 6:15 p.m. via Zoom

Join us as guest speakers from Rattle the Stars, a non-profit organization that provides community based suicide prevention services share ways to address suicide with compassion, cultural awareness, and centering the needs of those experiencing suicide.  Learn why youth think of suicide, risk and protective factors for suicide, and how to recognize and intervene with youth who may have thoughts of Suicide.

To register, contact Tom Howley (Urbana) thowley@usd116.org or Lauren Smith (Champaign) smithla@u4sd.org

Continuing the Conversation
Optional Virtual Discussion for interested mentors
Thursday, March 4, 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 eack 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).  

February 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: Jeannie Covert

Mentor at: Urbana Middle School

Grade of Mentee: 6

Why is she mentor of the month?
King coordinator Oyatta Hanny has been very impressed with Jeannie's empathy, compassion and sincerity for her mentee at a difficult time in the mentee's life.  Jeannie asked Oyatta for advice on how to work with her mentee.   Jeannie was able to allow her mentee the space she needed during a difficult time, but also kept up a routine with the mentee allowing her to feel a sense of normalcy.  She illustrated active listening with her mentee and was able to keep herself positive when meeting with the mentee.

How long have you been mentoring?  1 year 

What inspired you to mentor? 
When I was a kid, I had a person in my life that was much like a mentor.  Having that person in my life, helped shape who I grew to be.  It's important!

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
Learning from and sharing life experiences with my mentee.  I love the light that shines through her eyes when she talks about the people in her life and things she likes.

Why do you think others should mentor? 
I believe there are many kids who need someone for their own, someone who doesn't judge, someone not directly in their pod.  From my own personal story, I KNOW that I was much more successful becuase of my person/mentor.

Next trainings will be in the fall of 2021


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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