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.)
YOU CAN MAKE A CHANGE
IN THE LIFE
OF ONE CHILDTODAY
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Xanylah Craig Lynn Mikovich
Lauren Cravens Diane Buller
Emmon'y Davis Teresa Harvey
Taniece Davis Jazmine Summerville
Reyanna Dodd Betsy Alfonso
Jabariona Fowlkes Karen Rock
Devin Gilbert Brad Schnizlein
Kendall Henderson Dean Brown
Elijah Moore Hernandez Justin Craig
Traveon Johnson David Gray
Rachel Ormsby Diane Buller
Amareon Parker Joe Gallo
Alani Price Lynn Mikovich
Josh Taylor Wade Franklin
Izayah Alexander Justin Wilfley
Arianna Balgoyen Yolanda O'Connor
Dyamond Bass Kourtni Turner
Nick Costa David Sharpe
Franklin Crawford Nathan Rath
Hailey Hamm Margaret Mauer
India Huffman Amanda Baker
Keyon McLaurin Ron Cochran
Angel Mendoza Charles Craig
Jaliyah Nesbitt Kate Flugge
Brianna Ronk Kathryn Glynn
Terrykah Smith Margaret Stewart
Ellena Thomas Leisha Beasley
Heaven Walker Lynn Mikovich
Luca Villasenor John Gutzmer
Britany Alvarado Karen Shelton
Jose Alvarez Jeff Unger
Daijohna Billings Kristen Young
Arizona Dalton Dave Charney Nia Diaz Kim Ormsby
Kelis Dunn Caroline Ewing Helton
Corvaughn Estes Philip Gable
Marissa Guiles Courtney Tamimie Harlon Howerton-Sweid
Aaliyah Jackson Lula Chen
Eli Johnson Phyllis Winters-Williams
Bailey Kimbrell Lynnsey Brownfield
Adan MIchel Michael Bantz Brooklyn Nesbitt Arlene Anderson
Tyonna Pettius Mary Blair
Joe Tull Steve Schollmeier
Tony Walker Sharon Dill-Hardy
Jermale Young Dan Hoch
2021 Senior Award Winners
Lauren Cravens - C
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: Karen Carney
Mentor at: Urbana Middle School
Grade of Mentee: 7
Why is she mentor of the month?
Brice Boembeke, coordinator at Yankee Ridge and Dr. Willliams Elementary Schools, said the following. "Karen is always excited and eager to spend time with Hayden. She takes the time to maintain communication with Hayden over the summer by writing letters. Karen is creative, constantly introducing new things into the meetings to keep them exciting. Most recently the two agreed on a book to read and then discussed it over the course of their last meeting. Karen is always eager to expand her knowledge, participating in every activity and optional training session that she is able to attend.
How long have you been mentoring? 2.0 years
What inspired you to mentor?
A co-worker of mine at the University of Illinois served as a C-U One-to-One Mentor, and I admired the relationship she built with her mentee, as well as her dedication to being a good mentor. She encouraged me to think about being a mentor myself.
What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
I love hearing what my mentee is thinking about. She is such a fascinating person -- funny, honest, and contemplative-- and I really look forward to getting her take on current events or what she's reading or learning about at school.
Why do you think others should mentor?
There is a good deal of empirical research that suggests that mentees can derive life-long academic, professional, and psychological benefits from their mentoring relationships. That's reason enough to serve as a mentor. But I think it's also worth noting that mentors benefit from these relationships as well. I often find that meeting with my mentee can transform a blah day into a good one, and that was definitely the case this past year! Being able to continue meeting on Zoom during the pandemic (thanks to our excellent mentor coordinators) was something both my mentee and I looked forward to each week.
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.
Taniece Davis - CI
Eli Johnson - Urbana
Terrykah Smith - Central
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 email@example.com for more information.
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