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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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Bremen Youth Services
Bremen Youth Services helps young adults and their families through a variety of group programs described on their web site.
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Camp Fire USA Illinois Prairie Council
Camp Fire USA after school programs include R.E.A.C.H.(Responsible Educated Adolescents Can Help) and After School Clubs. A wide variety of in-school programs for youth that increase knowledge, change attitudes and promote positive relationships with others. These programs include: Kids on the Block and Self Reliance.
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ChildServ - Mentoring of youth and young adults in ChildServ’s group home program
ChildServ operates five group homes for wards of the state of Illinois in DuPageCounty and seeks volunteer mentors to work with youth in each location. Veterans are especially encouraged to apply.
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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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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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KaleidoServe - focused on youth in Maywood, Il
From the web site: "KaleidoServe, NFP provides two programs as presented below that are designed to improve circumstances and develop the at-risk youth’s capability to succeed through enriching and empowering approaches offered in a safe, structured and nurturing environment."
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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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Maywood Youth Mentoring
This program has been providing a variety of mentoring and youth enrichment programs in Maywood, IL since 1994
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The Alive Center - part of NaperBridge
From the web site: "We are a nonprofit offering workshops, classes, events, private or group coaching and NaperBridge Teen Programs – all designed to foster physical and emotional well-being and inspire personal growth. Our diverse offerings include art and dance, nutrition and healthy cooking, stress management, healing arts through music, creative writing, mindfulness and more."
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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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The Fig Factor Foundation - focuses on Latino girls age 15-25
From the web site: "The four step program empowers Latinas to pursue their passion and activate their dreams by providing educational leadership platforms, mentorship and powerful experiences through a context of sisterhood." Read more.
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The G.L.A.R.E Club
From the web site: "The G.L.A.R.E Club’s program provides girls with many opportunities including life skill enhancement, leadership development, character building, educational and social development.

This is accomplished through mentoring, arts, literacy, recreational activities, self awareness, respect, and empowerment."
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The Leadershop: Mentoring and Youth Programs
From the web site: "Since 1978, The LeaderShop has been providing a safe and welcoming environment for elementary through high school aged youth. Programs offered range from mentoring and leadership to performance groups, outreach/volunteer services and special community-based events. Students are encouraged to express themselves by getting involved in the diverse programs which are designed to give youth the tools, confidence and passion to want to make a difference in their community. Involvement in The LeaderShop changes lives – for the participants and residents of the neighborhoods served. The LeaderShop takes a preventive position in helping today’s youth grow into productive leaders in their communities."
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Willowbrook Corner - After School Program
From the web site: "The Community House offers education and support programs for residents of the Willowbrook Corner neighborhood. We strive to provide a space where children can learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment, and we also offer programs and support for parents. Offerings include an After School Program, a Summer Learning Program, and special events sponsored by the Willowbrook Corner Coalition; an umbrella group of community agencies working together to meet the unique needs of families in unincorporated Willowbrook."
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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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