"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.

August 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: Ron Cler

Mentor at: Urbana Middle School and Franklin Middle School

Grade of Mentee: 7 and 6

Why is he mentor of the month?
After Ron's first mentee graduated in 2019, Ron started mentoring a new elementary boy in January of 2020.  Then he answered a friend's request to mentor another boy at Wiley in the spring of 2021.  During Zoom mentoring, Ron learned how to use Zoom and then when in-person instruction began, he was extremely flexible when his mentee needed to reschedule.   Ron commits to his mentees and never misses a session, becoming someone his mentees can depend on.

How long have you been mentoring?  10 years 

What inspired you to mentor? 
I was inspired to mentor becasue I like doing volunteer work and I like to help other poeple that need or want help.

What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?
My favorite thing about mentoring is seeing the look of happiness in my mentees' eyes each week/

Why do you think others should mentor? 

I feel eveyone should mentor becasue what is an hour of time each week to help someone.

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