"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.


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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).  

May 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: Mary Wetter

Mentor at: Kenwood

Grade of Mentee: 4

Why is she mentor of the month?

Stephanie Ellison, Mentor Coordinator at Kenwood, said that Mary is patient and kind and allows her mentee a safe space to be herself.  Mary comes to each Zoom mentoring session with a planned activity to spark curiosity and conversation!  She has planned a scavenger hunt, a potato experiment, a reading challenge and a demonstration of stove top popcorn making!  Mary is always attentive to the needs of her mentee and the information she shares and she REMEMBERS to chat about it each time they meet.  Mary challenges her mentee to grow personally and academically and ends each session with a reading or personal challenge.

How long have you been mentoring?  1.5 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
Barb McGrath, math teacher in a Mahomet area school, told our small discussion group from church that mentors were needed.  She told us that mentoring makes a difference in kids' lives: mentored kids stay in school longer, remain engaged in school, have more confidence, have a better outlook on life.  Students are more successsful.  Because I retired in 2018, I thought I didn't have any excuses to not get involved in the community.  I don't have children of my own, so I was concerned that I might not have the "fun" personality to mentor a child.  I was reassured that it is okay to be serious and not funny.  It was important to be supportive and encouraging and give my undivided attention to my mentee for a few minutes each week.  I could do this!  I could help to make my mentee feel special.

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
Growing in my relationship with my mentee. Interacting with my mentee. Listening to her interests, her concerns.  Hearing her delight, her appreciation, in our weekly visits.  I think she looks foward to our visits as much as I do!

Why do you think others should mentor? 
I haven't been doing this for long, but I'm told that mentoring makes a positive difference in the lives of students, especially if a relationship can last for several years.  Mnetors can be a pillar, a foundation, a stable support for the student.  We will be their trusted listeners, their supporters in good times and bad.  Help students believe in themselves and in their futures.

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

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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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