Illinois Mentoring Partnership

Quality Mentoring
Quality Mentoring
Quality mentors impact a child's well-being in a multitude of ways. Ensuring quality starts with knowing what research tells us about effective practice.
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Get Involved
Get Involved
There are lots of ways you can make a difference for young people in our community. Find out more about how you can help.
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Make A Donation
Make A Donation
We need your help to ensure that every child who needs a caring, supportive, high-quality mentor has one!
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Start A Program
Start A Program
Whether you are new to mentoring, or a seasoned veteran, we have a wealth of tools to help you build a quality mentoring program.
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Chicago Mayor's Mentoring Challenge

There are lots of ways you can make a difference for young people in our community.  Find out more about how you can help.


IMP Research Symposium - May 2016

Join IMP to hear leading researchers and practitioners discuss their work in the fields of mentoring and positive youth development.
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Partnership News

2016 National Mentoring Month - Mayor's Proclamation
2016 National Mentoring Month - Mayor's Proclamation

January is National Mentoring Month!  Don’t forget to thank your mentors for all they’ve done  [ ... ]

Press Release: Mayor Emanuel and Illinois Mentoring Partner...


Press Release: Robin Melvin Announced New Executive Directo...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2015 Illinois Mentoring Partnership Appoints New Executive Dir [ ... ]

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Welcome to the Illinois Mentoring Partnership


The Illinois Mentoring Partnership (IMP) is the unifying champion for quality youth mentoring in Illinois, providing resources, technical assistance, heightened public awareness and advocacy for the state's mentoring movement. 


The IMP is committed to helping the over 200 youth mentoring programs currently operating in Illinois to ensure that their programming meets national best practice standards and to help them find the mentors and support they need to serve the many children in need in their communities.  The IMP is also committed to helping close the substantial “mentoring gap” in Illinois.


While thousands of children in our state already have the benefit of caring supportive volunteer mentors, far more desperately need that support. In fact, almost 1 in 5 children and youth in Illinois report that they do not have a caring adult to whom they can turn for guidance and support.

Mentoring Works!

Mentoring is a research-proven strategy for both guiding developing minds and redirecting youth who have gone astray.


As the City of Chicago struggles with painful levels of youth violence, mentoring is already making a difference in the lives of thousands of young people in Illinois, including reducing their involvement in bullying or violent behavior.


Research has found that children and youth involved with consistent, caring mentors:


  • are less likely to participate in bullying or other violent behavior.

  • have better school attendance, a better chance of going on to higher education, and better attitudes toward school.

  • are less likely to engage in substance abuse and other negative youth behaviors.

  • have more positive social attitudes and relationships, including with their parents.

  • are more likely to actively plan career goals and take steps to realize them.


96% of existing mentors would recommend mentoring to others.


Creating a strong, effective network of mentoring organizations is vital to ensuring the health and well-being of our state’s children and youth.


Tell Us About Your Program!

We are anxious to learn about all the wonderful mentoring programs in our state.  


IMP is partnering with Dr. David DuBois from the University of Illinois at Chicago the Illinois Youth Mentoring Survey survey to guide our own programming to ensure it is responsive to program needs and to develop a richer picture of mentoring across our state.  


We would love to include your program as one of our partners!  Please take a few moments to tell us about your program by completing our statewide survey.  Thank you!


The Faces of Mentoring



Here are some interesting statistics on the impact and benefit of mentoring.  

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Meet Our Board

icon-m-grey We are grateful for the experience and expertise our board members contribute to our mentoring programs. Meet the people who make up our Board of Directors

For Programs

icon-m-grey The key to a successful program is having a vast and varied set of resources to help with planning and implementation.  Here you'll find tools and information to help you succeed.

For Mentors

icon-m-greyMentors can make a huge difference in the life of a child.  We want to help you be prepared for a positive mentoring experience by offering you these resources.


icon-m-greyWe'd like to introduce you to the Corporate and Program Partners who contribute so much to the success of our mentoring programs.  

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Illinois Mentoring Partnership

208 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 1490

Chicago, IL 60604

Phone: 312-516-5559



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