Have one hour a week? Want to make a difference to a young person in our community? The CU One-to-One Mentoring Program is celebrating mentors – and looking to recruit new ones – during National Mentoring Month this January.
More than 400 community members currently serve as mentors to students in Champaign Unit 4 School District. Mentors spend just an hour a week with their mentee during the school day, but this hour has the power to create a lasting positive effect.
Research confirms that with a mentor, at-risk youth are:
- 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of schools
- 55% more likely to be enrolled in college
- 81% more likely to participate in sports or extracurricular activities
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly in their communities
- 130% more likely to hold leadership positions
Mentors support young people in dealing with day-to-day challenges and help them feel they are not alone. Hundreds more students in Champaign would like a mentor, so the program aims to recruit at least 50 new male mentors (female mentors welcome as well). CU One-to-One provides training and a supportive community of fellow mentors. Those interested in mentoring can contact Lauren Smith, Community Outreach Coordinator, at (217) 351-3722 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CU One-to-One will host the following events to celebrate mentors this month:
- Tuesday, January 15 – Mentor Luncheon, 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Faith United Methodist Church (1719 S. Prospect) Approximately 125 mentors from Champaign and Urbana will meet to hear a message from speaker Dr. Martin Srajek, PhD, LCSW, called “What is Respect?”
- Friday, January 25 – Thank Your Mentor Day Mentor Benefit Cards offer discounts and giveaways all day at participating businesses: Aroma Café, Blossom Basket, Body n’ Sole, bluebird boutique, Courier Café, Columbia Roastery, Dandelion Vintage Clothing, Fiesta Café, Ten Thousand Villages, Urbana Garden.