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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 400 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 partners with Dr. David DuBois from the University of Illinois at Chicago on a bi-annual survey to guide IMP services and ensure they are responsive to the needs of youth mentoring programs across the state. Survey results also provide a richer picture of youth mentoring in Illinois for funders and policy makers.


We would love to include your program as one of our partners!  Please take a few moments to tell us about your program by adding your program information to our Mentoring Connector – a national database of youth mentoring programs that increases visibility.  Thank you!


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The most recent issue of our IMP Newsletter can viewed on our Current Newsletter page where you can read more about what's going on at IMP.


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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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