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|Adult Literacy Volunteers - Fox Valley||
Literacy Volunteers - Fox Valley provides free, one-to-one literacy tutoring to adults in St. Charles, Geneva, Batavia, Elburn, Campton Township, LaFox, Lily Lake, Wasco and Wayne, Illinois. Lessons help people learn to read, write, understand and speak English better.|
Tutors don't have to have a background in education or a second language to be effective. Tutors will meet with one adult for one hour a week at a time and public location that is convenient. Tutor training will familiarize volunteers with the most up-to-date methods used to teach adults reading, writing and English as a second language.
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|Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Will & Grundy Countie|
Successful mentoring relationships for all children who need and want them, contributing to better schools, brighter futures, and stronger communities for all.
To help boys and girls, most of whom are considered at-risk and live in single-parent homes, achieve their full potential through professionally supported, long term, one-to-one relationships with carefully screened, dedicated volunteers; with measurable impact.
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|Breaking Free Inc./School District 204|
BOOST Mentor Program
Today's students live in a very challenging world, with many more problems than those of the past. The BOOST Mentor Program is an in-school program that matches adults with students in need of additional support in their lives. Breaking Free, in partnership with Indian Prairie School District 204 Business and Education Partnership team are providing children with caring adults who volunteer their time to mentor middle school students in Aurora and Naperville, Illinois.
In exchange for their time, mentors are rewarded with lifelong friendship, personal fulfillment and the knowledge that you are making a difference in a child's life.
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|Bremen Youth Services||
Bremen Youth Services helps young adults and their families through the following methods. |
- Counseling with families, groups and individuals
- Crisis Intervention providing immediate services when needed
- Consultation with community services, such as police and schools
- Comprehensive Referral Service listing human services in our area
- Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Programs administering DASA treatment and prevention grants; Operation Snowball
- Community Education Program providing speakers for community groups and organizations
- Camp and Summer Programs providing self-esteem building exercises and opportunities
- Mentor Program
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|Bridge Communities - Mentoring Opportunities||
Volunteer mentors have been the "heart" of Bridge Communities since its founding in 1988. Volunteer mentors provide the caring and encouragement necessary to foster the personal and economic growth that families need to achieve and sustain self-sufficiency.|
Mentors operate as members of a Bridge Communities' Program Partner group from their faith-based or community organization. Mentors are the primary contact in the client family's service team. This team is made up of the homeless family, volunteer mentors and professional case manager. Mentors typically work in teams of two or three volunteers
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|Camp Fire USA Illinois Prairie Council||
Camp Fire USA reaches children and youth through five main areas:|
- Small-Group Clubs and Mentoring Opportunities
- Leadership Development
- Camping and Environmental Education
- Child Care
- Self-Reliance and Service-Learning Classes
Boys and girls participate in fun activities, projects, events and lots of other activities that come with a small-group experience.
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|ChildServ College and Career Access Program (CCAP)||
ChildServ's College and Career Access Program (CCAP) serves teenagers and young adults, age 12-21. Currently, the youth in this program reside in ChildServ's Group Homes, located in DuPage County, and Transitional Living Program, located in Wheaton, IL. |
The program's key objective is to prepare youth for college and career success, though innovative approaches, so they can achieve their full academic and leadership potential and become responsible citizens.
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|Community Extension Project|
The Mentoring Program establishes a one-to-one relationship between a screened, trained adult volunteer and a child in need of additional adult contact, guidance and support. Through weekly participation in social or recreational activities young people forge relationships with positive role models. For more information about this program, or to become a mentor, contact Meredith Schilsky at MeredithS@cep4youth.org
Our staff is involved in a variety of tutoring programs, both on-site and at local schools. In our on-site program, trained high school student volunteers provide after-school tutoring for junior high school kids and Junior high tutors help elementary school students twice each week throughout the school year. Adult volunteers tutor all age groups
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|Elgin Community College Youth Leadership Academy|
The Youth Leadership Academy (YLA) is a unique program providing constructive alternatives to gangs, drugs and other serious problems facing low-income children and their families in high risk neighborhoods.
The mission of the YLA is to motivate selected young people from Illinois Community College District 509 who are economically at risk to stay in school, realize their full potential, and become productive leaders and role models in their communities.
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|Eternal Light Community Services||
Eternal Light Community Services (ELCS)is committed to empowering the residents of Maywood, Proviso Township, and its surrounding communities, to become prosperous individuals academically, economically, and most of all, spiritually, through workshops, partnerships, and networking. |
Since its inception, ELCS has provided tutoring and mentoring services to hundreds of youth and young adults in the Proviso Township area. It has provided financial literacy workshops throughout the Chicagoland area. ELCS has also formed partnerships with agencies such as Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action (PLCCA), Vision of Restoration, the Maywood Recreation Park District, Toastmasters International, The Destiny Group, NFP and Chicago Commons.
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|Girls Rule - ||
Girls Rule! is a goal driven organization whose mission is to empower and aid in the self development of young ladies, ages 7 – 18 who reside in urban communities.|
Girls Rule! develops research-based informal education programs that encourage girls to take risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional challenges. Major programs address math and science education, pregnancy, drug abuse and HIV prevention, leadership, media literacy, economic literacy, adolescent health, violence prevention and healthy lifestyles.
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|Jump Start at IYC||Jump Start is a one-to-one tutoring and mentoring program operating in the Illinois Youth Centers (IYC) in the new Department of Juvenile Justice. It is a joint venture between Literacy Volunteers of Illinois and School District #428 of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ). The program is also supported by the Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA), and was originally funded by a three year grant from the Retirement Research Foundation. |
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|Kids Golf Foundation - Mentoring Program||
Other Side Of The Green (male version) and Thinking Outside The Tee Box (female version) are annual mentoring events that pair a junior golfer age 11-17 with a business professional in the career they are interested in for a nine-hole scramble at Rich Harvest Farms. During the event, participants talk to the business professionals about their experience and learn valuable life skills. The event was created to show boys and girls how to use the sport of golf as a vehicle to enhance their future careers.|
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|Metro Mentors - serves DuPage County||
From the web site:|
"Metropolitan Family Services has been matching caring adult mentors with DuPage area youth for more than 30 years. These professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships offer positive adult role models to children ages 7 – 14, who can benefit from extra support in their lives. Our goal is to improve each child's self-esteem, social competence, academic achievement, and positive life choices. In addition we believe that through a combination of time, volunteering, and generosity of spirit, a mentor can give and gain life-long benefits from the partnership."
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|Outreach Community Ministries||VOLUNTEER! Opportunities include mentoring and tutoring of youth in Carol Stream and Warrenville, Family-to-Family mentoring, Friendly Visiting with Seniors in Carol Stream, serving on event committees, clerical assistance or service on our boards of directors. If you are called to put your Christian faith into action through volunteer service, please call or email Kathy Christensen, Volunteer Coordinator at (630)682-1910> for more information. |
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|The Education Center - Naperville||The Education Center was founded with the mission of providing counseling services for young people and keeping them a part of the community. The staff works tirelessly with thousands of children, youth and families each year. Help comes to those with learning disabilities, lack of study skills, and serious school issues.|
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|Youth Crossroads (Berwyn, Il. )||
The YC After School Programs provide academic enrichment and homework help, social skills training and a variety of cultural and recreational activities. These programs help young people develop good study habits, learn positive peer relations skills and expand opportunities to pursue personal interests all in a safe and nurturing environment with YC staff and volunteers.|
Visit the web site to learn about the New Directions Girls Group and the Youth Leadership Program, both for youth between age 14 and 18.
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