"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.)





Urbana District 116
Friday, August 20th

Champaign Unit 4

Barkstall and Kenwood - July 22nd

All other Schools - August 19

Back to School News

 As of now, all students will be back in person in both districts.    Masks will be required of staff,   students, mentors and other visitors.

 School will be starting on August 19th or 20th for most schools.  Your coordinator will be     contacting you by the end of August and will plan to get you reconnected with your student in     early September. 

 There have been several staffing changes over the summer, so you may have a new     coordinator at your school who will be reaching out to you.

 If you have not been contacted by a coordinator by August 30, please contact Lauren Smith,   (smithla@u4sd.org) in Champaign and Tom Howley (thowley@usd116.org) in Urbana.

We are looking for new mentors.  If you know someone who would make a good mentor, talk     to them about the One to One m7entor program and suggest they contact Tom Howley or     Lauren Smith to sign up for a training.

August 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: Agatha Barnes

Mentor at: Bottenfield Elementary School

Grade of Mentee: 5

Why is she mentor of the month?

Talk about above and beyond!  At the beginning of the COVID lockdown, Agatha begin mailing her mentee graphs and games they could do together on Zoom, which Agatha showed up for every week beginning in March 2020.  AND she had just been matched when the schools shut down, so she had never met her mentee in person, says Bottenfield Coordinator Paula Partin.

How long have you been mentoring?  1.5 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
Everyone around me seemed to be mentoring, so I thought it was time I also did!

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
How easily it works for my schedule. 30 minutes once a week I really get to slow down and concentrate 1-1 with my mentee, but it isn't so much time that I stress about what we are going to do or talk about.

Why do you think others should mentor? 

The time commitment isn't a stressor and it really gives YOU a break from everyday stuff.  There's definitely a sense of fulfillment that with tiny steps, you are helping another human being grow with confidence!

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 2021 graduating seniors and their mentors have to say about mentoring. 

First Day of School
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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