Quarterly Newsletter : Summer 2016

Upcoming Training
Preparing Mentees and Families for Successful Matches
Webinar @ 12:00pm-1:15pm

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Recruiting Your Mentors and Mentees
Voices for Illinois Children@ 9am-12pm
208 South LaSalle St. #1490 Chicago, IL 60604

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NEW Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
Butterworth Center a& Deere-Wiman House @ 9am-12pm
1105 8th St. Moline, IL 61265

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NEW Elements of Effective Practice for Mentoring
Anita Purves Nature Center @ 9am-12pm
1505 N. Broadway Ave. Urbana, IL 61801

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Questions? Contact Cory Thames, Associate Director of Programming and Training Support This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Be a Mentor

Cory Thames, Associate Director of Training and Program Support
There are so many great events happening in Chicago this summer that it is almost easy to forget the epidemic plaguing the city: the violence impacting our youth. As of July 2016, the city has accumulated a death toll of more than 300 people; an overwhelming majority of those fatalities are youth of color. It is estimated to reach nearly 700 by the end of this year.

Youth violence in Chicago isn't an Englewood problem or an Austin problem — it's everyone's problem. The violence in our communities impacts each and every one of us. Whether you have personally lost a loved one to violence, a youth in your program or maybe just know of someone who lost their life to Chicago's violence, it is imperative that we band together. We must work towards ensuring every youth has access to positive role models who are committed to their success.

So how can you be a part of the solution? Be a mentor. This is our call to action for the citizens of Chicago and beyond to step up and make a change in someone's life. While mentoring cannot fix the youth violence epidemic alone, it is a part of a larger offering of services that continues to have significant impact. Let's ensure that all youth know their potential no matter their zip code.Be the change!

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Illinois Mentoring Partnership can provide programs up to 50 hours FREE HERE.

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Opportunities for Program and Youth

[Rolling] Free Summer Meals for Youth under 18, visit HERE for more information.

[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.

07/21 Webinar on using the REACH Framework to strengthen academic motivation in youth @ 12pm-1pm, register HERE.

Due 07/22 Connect 4 Mental Health Grant (programs that focus on either early intervention, creative use of technology, service integration, or continuity of care), apply HERE.

Due 08/04 Street Outreach Program Grant (serving homeless, runaway, or street youth), apply

Due 08/04 Basic Center Program Grant (providing counseling or temporary shelter for homeless or runaway, youth), apply HERE.

Need more mentors?
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 Cheryl Howard Neal, Director of Programs and Partnerships at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
New resources!!!

Business Case

for Mentoring
Our national affiliate MENTOR and EY published a report showing how US businesses and corporations collaborate with the social sector to connect youth to mentoring relationships and the value gained in mentoring. Click HEREto read the report.
Guide to
Mentoring for
 Boys and Young
Men of Color
MENTOR and My Brother's Keeper Alliance released a guide to help mentors foster a social justice mindset to better serve their mentees who are Boys and Young Men of Color (BYMOC).Click HERE to read the guide.
Research Corner
A team of Illinois researchers, including IMP's 2016 Research Symposium presenter Dr. Bernadette Sanchez, recently published their findings on predictors of mentor satisfaction. The study indicates that mentors who were culturally competent had more positive relationships with mentees' families, mentees, and mentoring programs than those who were not. Click HERE to read the article.
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