Relationships with caring adults are integral to the healthy development of our youth. Children are set up to succeed in school and beyond when they have a network of adults – parents, parent figures and others – who provide positive and productive guidance.
Studies show that a consistent mentor/mentee relationship can provide numerous benefits:
• Students are more likely to attend and be engaged in school, graduate high school and pursue college.
• Young people display improved behavior and self-confidence, allowing for stronger relationships.
• Volunteers who serve as mentors experience increased leadership qualities and new perspectives.
United Way of Metro Chicago recognizes the importance of cultivating a local network of youth mentors and invites you to sign up to volunteer in this role with one of our partner agencies listed below.
Upcoming Volunteer Events
After-School All-Stars Chicago
After-School All-Stars Chicago is looking for mentors and coaches both on and off the field. Volunteers are needed to coach students in sports, and to mentor students by helping them develop academic and career goals.
BUILD welcomes volunteers with a variety of expertise to serve as youth program mentors in the Austin neighborhood, helping with: academic tutoring, arts enrichment, audio/visual production, healthy living, public speaking, and athletics.
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council offers volunteer opportunities for college mentors to work with highly at-risk 9th grade students who are identified as off-track to graduate and are likely to drop out of school.
Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors and make a difference in the lives of foster youths at Hephzibah Children’s Association in Oak Park. Mentors will engage with youth by reading, helping with homework, playing games, doing art projects, going out to eat, exploring the community and more!
YMEN is in need of volunteers to offer homework help to students (ages 12-18) at their location in the North Lawndale neighborhood. Volunteers can come in and work one-on-one with students in the program.