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"I Have a Dream" - North Chicago
From the web site: “I Have A Dream” empowers children to achieve higher education and fulfill their leadership potential by providing them with guaranteed tuition support and equipping them with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to gain entry to higher education and succeed in college and beyond. By helping our Dreamers gain access to college, we are putting our Dreamers on a different academic and life trajectory, while having a broader impact on the students’ families and generations that follow." The link to the National "I Have a Dream" Foundation is http://www.ihad.org/

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Big Brothers, Big Sisters in Lake County
Big Brothers, Big Sisters is the most widely recognized name in mentoring. Activities in Lake County are coordinated by the BBBS Metropolitan Chicago office, which is in downtown Chicago. Browse the site to learn how you can become a mentor or enroll a youth.

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Big Pals Mentoring Program - Allendale Association
From the web site: "Big PALs, our volunteer mentoring program, provides children with the opportunity to develop a real, trusting, positive, one-on-one relationship with an adult. Adult volunteers take time out of their lives to develop these relationships. They make a commitment to be consistent and dependable—to maintain a steady presence in the child’s life. They listen to what the child has to say, and they pay attention to what he or she thinks is important."

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Boys Hope Girls Hope
From the web site: "Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential and become men and women for others by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college. Volunteers provide the crucial academic support and personal attention that is at the heart of our mission. They bring their experience as parents to children who may never have experienced parenting. They bring their experience as business professionals to help our offices run more smoothly. They share their expertise, their knowledge, and their time with children who may never have had a caring adult take a personal interest in them." Visit the site to learn more.

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Bridge Youth & Family Services Mentoring Program
From the web site: "The Bridge Youth Advocacy Program is a mentoring program for children between 7 and 15 years old. Mentoring is a proven method of promoting social skill development and healthy decision-making by teaching through example. Mentors help at-risk youth develop a more positive outlook on their futures, improve academically, and get along better with their peers and family members."

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College Bound Opportunities - Mentoring Program
From the web site: "Mentoring is the key component of the CBO program and begins immediately after the student’s acceptance into CBO. Spanning the full six years of the CBO program, the one-to-one mentor relationships provide the necessary guidance for the scholars to make the right decisions in their academic and personal lives. They inspire our scholars, help them dream big, set realistic goals, provide feedback and authority, encourage accountability and celebrate successes with them. Because most of the students in the CBO program are the first in their families to go to college, a mentoring relationship can provide the motivation and care a student needs in that moment and over time."

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Evanston Scholars
From the web site: "Evanston Scholars is a non-profit organization that improves college access and success for a diverse group of ambitious Evanston students who are traditionally first-generation college entrants, low-income, and students of color, starting with the college admissions process and continuing through graduation. The comprehensive, six-year program offers workshops, mentors, ACT prep, and college counseling to support students with financial and/or academic needs."

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Maine Township Youth Mentoring Program
From the web site: "MaineStay offers an on-site evening mentoring program in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Participation is open to students in grades 3-7 who live or attend school in Maine Township and limited to 20 matched pairs of the same gender. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays or Tuesdays of each month from 6-7:30 PM at the Maine Township Town Hall. There is no cost for youth to participate.

The program involves a combination of group activities and one-on-one time with mentors and youth in a safe, structured environment."

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McGaw YMCA Project Soar
From the web site: "Project SOAR is our one-on-one mentoring program that aims to create a long-lasting relationship between youth and an adult through regular meetings and outings.
Mentors meet one-on-one with youth in the Evanston area for a minimum of one year in order to ensure stability and to enable long-lasting relationships. Together they participate in group activities like bowling, skiing, camping, and sporting events, as well, which helps create a bond between them.
As mentors, adults are encouraged to provide friendship and create a stable, caring relationship with a younger person."

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Omni Youth Services - Girls After School Program (GAP)
From the web site: "This program serves girls 14 to 18 years old and not only provides a safe haven after school hours but also teaches the girls skills such as perseverance, hard work, leadership, and being a successful team player. Another goal is to promote positive self-image for these young women in addition to learning various career development skills.
Visit the web site to learn of other youth serving programs offered by Omni Youth Services."

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Reading Power, Inc
From the web site: "Reading Power helps students in North Chicago and Zion, Illinois become successful and independent readers and writers through one-to-one literacy tutoring for elementary children."

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The Schuler Scholar Program - College Connections Mentoring
From the web site: "The Schuler Scholar Program equips bright, motivated youth with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars are typically first-generation college-bound, are students of color, or come from low-income families.

The College Connections Program offers an opportunity for volunteers to provide mentoring and support for Schuler Scholars during their first year in college and beyond."

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Y.O.U. Evanston - Mentor Y.O.U.th Program
From the web site: "Y.O.U. believes that strong, positive relationships are essential to supporting youth growth and development. In addition to fostering healthy relationships with staff and peers in our out-of-school-time programs, we partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBS) to provide youth with opportunities to build 1-on-1 connections with mentors.

Y.O.U. and BBBS carefully match youth and mentors, taking into account a youth’s needs as well as common interests and personality. Once connected, “Bigs” and “Littles” meet every other week at Y.O.U.’s Chute site to develop their relationship through dinners, arts and cultural activities, sports and recreation and educational enrichment."

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