"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 studenst 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.)




Back to School
   A mentoring year like no other!

With COVID-19 still playing a major part in every decision, and with decisions changing daily, Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana District 116 have different school opening plans. 
   The mentor coordinator at your school will be in contact with you by       September 4th to let you know what the mentoring plan will look like
   at your school. 

   If you have not heard from your coordinator by September 4, please       contact Lauren Smith (smithla@u4sd.org) if you are at a Champaign       School or Tom Howley (thowley@usd116.org) if you mentor at an           Urbana School . 

August 2020 

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: Hugo Herrera

Mentor at: Edison Middle School

Grade of Mentee: 7

Why is he mentor of the month?
Edison Mentor Coordinator Christy Levitan says, "Hugo is such an enthusiastic mentor.  Each week, he comes to Edison with amazing energy for his Mentee.  Hugo is always wiling to do anything his Mentee wants to do (playing sports, arts & crafts, playing board games).  Hugo's Mentee loves spending time with Hugo.  Anytime I see his Mentee at Edison, he asks about when Hugo is coming to mentor.  Hugo's Mentee would love it if Hugo could come everyday to mentor."

How long have you been mentoring?  2 years with my current Mentee, and four years with my previous Mentee.

What inspired you to mentor? 
Being a friend and a role model to young students.  For me, personally, as a kid I always loved spending time with older friends and family members who I could look up to.  So to be able to be that person now, is very meaningful and I know it makes a great impact on our young students.

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
The bond that you establish with your Mentee.  Being a trustworthy friend and resource for these kids is immensely satisfying.  Spending quality time with each other serves us both very well.

Why do you think others should mentor? 
I believe others should mentor because there is such a need from our young students to have someone they can just talk to and have as a resource without any pressures from school or home life.  It's a very rewarding thing to be a mentor and I try my best to persuade others by telling them how enjoyable and impactful it truly is.

Fall 2020 mentor training dates:
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Urbana Middle School
Thursday, Oct. 8, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Champaign Mellon Bldg.
Wednesday,  Oct. 14, 11:30 - 1:30 Champaign Mellon Bldg.


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. 

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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 below to see what a difference it can make to mentees attending college.  Contact Lauren Smith smithla@u4sd.org for more information.