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Quarterly Newsletter : Winter 2017


We are excited to announce we have re-branded! We are now MENTOR Illinois!
*Please note that our website and social media handles remain the same.
2017 IMPACT Awards: A Big Success!
Our 2nd annual IMPACT Awards Breakfast was Friday, January 27th and it was a great morning to honor the champions of youth mentoring! A capacity crowd of 300 guests attended the inspiring event, and we enjoyed all the positive feedback.

Special thanks to our MC LeeAnn Trotter of NBC5, and to John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman of Ariel Investments and former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan for sharing their personal mentoring story. As they noted, relationships make an enormous difference in helping young people see what’s possible!

Congratulations to our 2017 award recipients and runner-ups:
Advocate for Youth Mentoring
John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman of Ariel Investments

Group Youth Mentoring Program Award
Chicago Urban League-Human Capital Center
Runner Up: Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program

1-to-1 Mentoring Program Award
WITS (Working in the Schools)
Runner Up:  Midtown Educational Foundation

Youth Mentoring Match Award
Steve Shoemaker & Warren Montgomery
Champaign-Urbana 1-to1 Mentoring Program

Runner Up: Susan Gallagher & Jade Adomako, LINK Unlimited Scholars
Mentoring Flipped: Dexter Fowler
Watch MLB star Dexter Fowler learn to believe in himself with help from his mentor! #MentorIRL
National Mentoring Resource Center
Mentoring Programs:
If you have undergone rigorous (randomized control or well-controlled quasi-experimental i.e., no mentor comparison group) evaluation and that have not already been reviewed for the National Mentoring Resource Center, we would greatly appreciate it if you could let us know. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Postdoctoral Research Associate for the NMRC.

The program practices that will be reviewed by the NMRC over the next 9 months are as follows:
-Mentoring strategies directed towards preventing bullying behavior and victimization
-Matching strategies informed by participant characteristics
-Strategies for recruiting male mentors
-Strategies for setting and working on mentee goals
If you have any research to share or direct us to on these topics, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NMRC is always looking for resources to review and share with the field. You can see the wide range of resources of interest on the NMRC website. If you have a resource to nominate for inclusion on the website, please let us know using the brief nomination form on the site. Note that, unlike programs, resources do *not* need to have undergone evaluation as to their effectiveness. Rather they are evaluated by the NMRC Research Board for general consistency with available research in and outside of the field of mentoring.
MENTOR Offers Scholarship to Illinois' Jamila Trimuel as a 2017 Summit Fellow
The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) announced this month that Illinois resident, Jamila Trimuel, the Founder and Executive Director of Ladies of Virtue, is one of nine Fellows selected for MENTOR’s inaugural 2017 National Mentoring Summit Fellowship Program.

The inaugural cohort of Fellows was selected based on their leadership potential and experience, eagerness to build their professional skills and networks, demonstrated financial need, and personal commitment to helping young people succeed. Jamila Trimuel of Chicago, IL is one of these dedicated practitioners selected for her commitment to making a difference for young people in her community. As part of this program, Trimuel will not only be able to participate in the general Summit programming, but she will also be on hand helping to facilitate two exclusive funder events and have the opportunity to participate in two post Summit cohort learning webinars. 

Ladies of Virtue (LOV) is a Gold Star Mentoring Program, recognized by MENTOR Illinois, and instills purpose, passion, and perseverance in girls, ages 9-18, while preparing them for college, career, and to become change agents in their communities. Trimuel noted, “At the Summit I am most excited to learn from prominent mentor practitioners & connect with fellow youth advocates from around the country!”
Girls of Color ROCK!
12:00 pm to 1:15 pm CST
How mentoring programs for girls of color help to empower, encourage, and energize.
Registration information will be available here

Registration Ends: 3/3
Advancing Youth Development Training
Tuesdays (6-weeks) March 7th,14th,21st, 28th, April 4th & 11th
9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Gary Comer Youth Center
7200 South Ingleside, Chicago IL
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for Registration Information
[Feb 1st] DeKalb Community Foundation's Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) (programs must be dedicated to the community, directly involve youth, and promote youth empowerment and leadership), apply HERE.

[Rolling] Andrew Family Foundation Junior Board Grant (programs that seek to impact youth through traditional academics, arts, and sustainability), apply HERE

[Rolling] Educational Assistance and Training Grant (programs that seek to improve literacy, math, science, and life skills of disadvantaged youth), apply HERE

[Rolling] FREE Online Grant Training, register 

[Rolling] Wish You Well Foundation Family Literacy Donation (programs that focus on youth and family literacy), apply HERE
Potential mentors can find volunteer opportunities through the Mentoring Connector, an online national database of mentoring programs.

ADD your program to the database, click HERE.

UPDATE your program information, login HERE.

SEE what the database looks like, click HERE

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Programs and Partnerships
Resources & Reviews
New research points out benefits of group and individual mentoring for girls
This study uses qualitative methods to evaluate the effects of participation in the Young Women’s Leadership Program (YWLP), which combines group and one-one-one mentoring between seventh-grade girls and college women. Click HERE to read more.
Without mentoring, girls lose interest in STEM fields
Women are highly under-represented in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (abbreviated as STEM).  One way to help youth to explore their career options and interests is through matching them with someone working in the field itself, which was exactly the purpose of the CyberMentor program in Germany. It was designed to help girls maintain their interest in STEM fields by matching them with a female mentor who worked in a STEM field they were interested in. Click HERE to read more. 
Being Black is not a Risk Factor: Statistics and Strengths-Bases Solutions in the State of IL
The narrative surrounding Black children and families often feeds a sense of
despair and hopelessness. In 2013, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) released its national report challenging the prevailing discourse about Black children, which overemphasizes limitations and deficits and does not celebrate the considerable strengths, assets and resilience demonstrated by our children, families and communities.
Read the full report HERE.
Building Supportive and Inclusive Programming for American Muslim Youth
In today’s sociopolitical environment, incidents of bullying against Muslim youth have risen, resulting in concern for schools and youth organizations. In this interview with Sameera Ahmed, Ph.D., he discusses what mentoring practitioners can do to build supportive and inclusive programs that meet the needs of Muslim youth and families, while promoting the safety and inclusion of all participants. Click HEREto read the interview.
Stay on the cutting edge of mentoring best practices and research!

MENTOR Illinois can provide programs up to 50 hours of FREE in-depth, and specialized assistance. To receive technical assistance, programs must apply through the National Mentoring Resource Center 

Questions? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Programs and Partnerships.
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