|| Links to Chicago-Area Programs
|"I Have a Dream" - North Chicago||
“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|
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.
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|Bridge Youth & Family Services Mentoring Program||
The Bridge is always looking for volunteers for our Youth Advocacy Mentoring Program. Mentoring is the single most effective way for a caring adult to positively impact a troubled child’s life.|
If you have a sincere desire to help, an open heart and the willingness to share your time with a deserving child, the Bridge wants you!
Volunteer mentors, or Youth Advocates as we call them, provide guidance, love, attention, and most importantly, time to at-risk youth ages 7-15.
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|Families and Communities Together in Schools||
The FACTS program consists of four tutoring/mentoring programs in Wheeling, Elk Grove and Buffalo Grove. Volunteers are needed to serve as tutor/mentors, working with students one-on-one or in small groups. Though the program focuses mainly on academics, opportunities are provided for mentors and students to socialize through fun games and activities. |
Dates and times vary by location, but programs operate during after school hours, Monday-Thursday.
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|Literature for All of Us|
From the the organization's web site:
"Our award-winning program provides important opportunities for hundreds of young people to explore the world and themselves through literature and to free their imaginations through the study and writing of poetry.
Using the book group model, we introduce young people to the rich world of ideas presented to us in books. The books we give them are theirs to keep, helping them to build home libraries.
We work in collaboration with alternative schools, agencies serving pregnant and parenting teens, and after-school programs. We reach 500-600 young people aged 12-21 each year."
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|Maine Township Youth Mentoring Program|
Each volunteer mentor (age 18 or older) will be paired one-on-one with a child between the ages of 8-13. All the mentors and children, along with MaineStay staff, will meet in a group setting 6:00-7:30 PM twice each month. Each mentor will interact with his or her youth throughout each session.
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|McGaw YMCA Project Soar||
As mentors, adults are encouraged to be a friend and provide a stable, caring relationship with a younger person. Mentors meet one-on-one with youth in the Evanston area for a minimum of one year. Together they’ll also participate in group activities like bowling, skiing, camping, and sporting events.|
Because each child’s learning needs are unique, the McGaw Y also offers one hour of free, one-on-one tutoring per week to our members in grades K-8. Tutoring is available in math, reading, English, and study skills.
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|OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring Program||
The Intergenerational Tutoring Program pairs adults age 50 and older with children in grades K-4 to promote success in reading andl learning. You will help them build self-esteem and do better in school. Volunteers are needed to spend one hour a week with the same child throughout the school year.|
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|Omni Youth Services - Girls After School Program (GAP)||
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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|Schuler Family Foundation||
This organization focused on the Waukegan area. On its web site it describes it mission this way:|
The Schuler Scholar Program, through enrichment and academic programs, guidance, and scholarships, prepares high potential students to succeed at selective colleges.
We believe that if high potential but vulnerable students have access to academic and enrichment programs while in high school, are well informed of college options, receive support from family, friends, teachers and mentors, are motivated, and secure financial assistance, they will be successful in obtaining a college degree.
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|Y.O.U. Evanston - Mentor Y.O.U.th Program||
We lead a one-on-one mentoring program, called Mentor Y.O.U.th, that is designed to support achievement in school, at home, and in the community by matching young people with caring adults. Mentor Y.O.U.th helps youth succeed by providing ongoing, individualized support for youth at-risk of school failure, delinquency, or violence. Youth and their mentors meet once a week and participate in arts and cultural activities, sports and recreation, educational enrichment, and other fun games. |
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