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?
- Contact the Mentor Coordinator, Cathy Pierson at (708) 579-5898 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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.
- Attend an orientation session, interview with the Mentor Coordinator and complete a home visit.
- Once accepted The LeaderShop will select a young person for you based on your interests and preferences.
- 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!