Become a Mentor

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You can be a mentor if:

* you have a genuine interest in youth.
* you are flexible and patient. 
* you have good listening skills.

* you want to participate in a journey with a child, not "fix" them.


Mentors commit to meeting with their mentees one hour a week during the school day for one (1) school year. Although we just require a one year commitment, our hope is that mentors will recommit at the end of that year and, if possible, continue through high school graduation. We do not accept undergraduate students as mentors because of the yearly requirement.

* Ability to meet with mentee one-on-one, once per week
* Willingness to comply with guidelines offered at training
* Genuine concern for children
* Ability to commit to one year of mentoring with the understanding you will be asked       to continue beyond one year
* Mentors must be able to independently navigate the building and meet with their           mentee without the assistance of school district personnel.  It is acceptable if the           mentor is accompanied by his or her own personal assistant, if applicable.
* Mentors must have sufficient communication skills to effectively engage his or her        mentee in an effective and enriching manner.  If the mentor requires some type of          interpretive services, it is the mentor's responsibility to provide all such services.


Getting started

1. Complete an application form (download word.doc below). For Urbana Schools,     send to For Champaign Schools, send to

2. Participate in an interview/screening session.

3. Complete a fingerprint based criminal background check (provided at no cost by the school districts).

4. Attend a two-hour training session.

5. Agree to come to your mentoring sessions consistently and stay with your       
    mentoring relationship for at least one year.


Become A Mentor TODAY

Fill out the 

Fill out the application at the bottom left and return to:
Lauren Smith (Champaign) or
Angie Armstrong (Urbana)


Winter 2023 Mentor Training Dates

Thursday, January 19, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
     Urbana Middle School
Wednesday, February 8, 11:30 n- 1:30
     Champaign Mellon Building, 703 S. New
Wednesday February 15, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
     Champaign Mellon Building, 703 S. New

To reserve your space contact:

Lauren Smith for Champaign Schools or 217.351.3722

Angie Armstrong for Urbana Schools or 217.337.0853

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Mentor Application

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