Urbana Middle School
C-U One-to-One Mentoring is the school-based mentoring program of the Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana District #116 Schools.
Mentoring is about building relationships of trust between a young person and an adult for the purpose of providing support, encouragement and guidance.
Mentors are matched one-on-one with a student when the student is in 3rd-7th grade. Mentors meet with their ‘mentees’ for one hour a week during the school day on school grounds. They may read together, play games, go for a walk, workout in the gym, discuss current events, work on a school project or just talk. Coordinators at each building help provide activity suggestions, training and support.
Mentors commit for one year at a time. Students who stay in the program through high school graduation receive a scholarship for continuing education funded by our community partner, the Mentoring Scholarship Foundation.
You can be a mentor if:
- you have a genuine interest in youth.
- you are flexible and patient.
- you have good listening skills.
- you want to participate in a journey with a child, not “fix” them.
Mentors commit to meeting with their mentees one hour a week during the school day for one (1) school year. Although we just require a one year commitment, our hope is that mentors will recommit at the end of that year and, if possible, continue through high school graduation.
* Ability to meet with mentee one-on-one, once per week
* Willingness to comply with guidelines offered at training
* Genuine concern for children
* Ability to commit to one year of mentoring with the understanding you will be asked to continue beyond one year
* Mentors must be able to independently navigate the building and meet with their mentee without the assistance of school district personnel. It is acceptable if the mentor is accompanied by his or her own personal assistant, if applicable.
* Mentors must have sufficient communication skills to effectively engage his or her mentee in an effective and enriching manner. If the mentor requires some type of interpretive services, it is the mentor’s responsibility to provide all such services.
2. Participate in an interview/screening session.
3. Complete a fingerprint based criminal background check (provided at no cost by the school districts).
4. Attend a two-hour training session.
5. Agree to come to your mentoring sessions consistently and stay with your mentoring relationship for at least one year.