"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, encouragement, 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.)




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Banquet Awards

GRIT award 
N'uki Harris - Centennial
Delice Longueli - UHS

JFG award
Lauren Bell - UHS

Vision award
Marisol Diego Juan - UHS


Outstanding Community Support
Church Women United - Illinois


Spring Banquets










Scholarship Banquet

It was wonderful to hold our year-end banquets and pizza party in person this year!  300 attended our Scholarship Banquet (pictured above), 125 attended our 6th and 7th grade banquet (pictured below) and 135 attended our elementary banquet (speaker pictured below)  We honored 34 graduating seniors, presented senior scholarships and special awards and heard from mentee speakers at each banquet.  A full list of the graduates and award winners is featured on the News and Events page.

6th and 7th grade banquet

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Thinking of becoming a mentor?
See what a current mentor has to say or listen to a few of our 2022 mentee graduates as they talk about their mentor relationship.
 (Click on WCIA or banquet video)

Banquet Videos

The mentor/mentee videos that
were shown at the banquets are below.

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.

June 2022 

Each month we will be highlighting a mentor in the Champaign/Urbana school district.  These are the faces of community members who are giving an 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: Pam Furrer

Mentor at: Urbana Middle School

Grade of Mentee: 6

Why is he mentor of the month?
" During COVID, Pam consistently met with her mentee each week over Zoom.  She watied patiently if her mentee was late, was positive and thoughtful at times when her mentee was not having the best day, and always being engaging on Zoom.  They played Connect 4 on line  and it is now her mentee's favorite game.

How long have you been mentoring?  2.0 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
While I was teaching, I was asked to mentor multiple times, but didn't feel I had the time.  I promised Barb LInder I would mentor once I retired.  I met many mentors when they came to my classroom to pick up their student and witnessed how important they were to my students.  I wnated to get to know a young person and be a part of her life and maturation into adulthood!

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
I love people and have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know my mentee.  She is a sweet girl whom I've only met in person a couple of times before the pandemic, but whom I've gotten to know a bit better via Zoom this school year.  I love hearing about what she likes to do and the people in her life in addition to seeing her beautiful smile.  When we signed off of Zoom this week, she hugged her computer which absolutely melted my heart.  (Written May, 2021)

Why do you think others should mentor? 

Anyone who possesses a desire should become a mentor!  Students often quoted their mentors in my classes and demonstrated strong connections with them that had taken years to develop. Intergenerational relationships develop understanding and make our community stronger.  While we can't change the whole world, we can listen and make a difference to one person! 

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