Mentoring Program


 What is a Mentor?

Mentors are caring, responsible adults who want to spend one-on-one time with a youth from the community to offer extra support, guidance, and friendship.

These carefully screened volunteers remember what growing up was like and want to share their experiences with a new generation. Mentors are rewarded with a new friendship and sense of satisfaction that they are making a difference in the life of a child who needs them.

You Don’t Have to Change Yourself to Change a Child’s Life

How do I become a Mentor?

  1. Contact the Mentor Coordinator, Cathy Pierson at (708) 579-5898 or cathyp@theleadershop.org.
  2. Apply: Compete an application and background check. Mentoring Application: click here to view and print. The Background Check Form must be picked up from the Mentor Coordinator.
  3. Attend an orientation session, interview with the Mentor Coordinator and complete a home visit.
  4. Once accepted The LeaderShop will select a young person for you based on your interests and preferences.
  5. A meeting between you, the Mentor Coordinator, the child’s parents/guardians, and the child will be arranged to discuss the match and everyone’s responsibilities. Then the match will be formalized.

Fun Activities You as a Mentor Can Do with Your “Mentee”

And there are many more fun possibilities!

  • Bring your Mentee with you to attend a family gathering or party
  • Attend local junior high or high school sporting events
  • Play basketball outside or at the Park District
  • Attend a class together, such as jewelry making
  • Work on putting a scrapbook together
  • Open up your kitchen to your Mentee to make your family dinner
  • Ceramic Art Cafe in La Grange (see photos of things you can make)
  • Volunteer with your Mentee where you currently volunteer or find a new opportunity!