Mayor Rahm Emanuel Announces Efforts to Fund Mentoring Programs

On September 22nd, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a bold and aggressive effort to invest $36 million in public and private funds over three years to expand mentoring programs to serve at-risk youth across the city.  As a city, we can come together to support our youth.  

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or in supporting and/or participating in a mentorship program, the City partners with several organizations that do this throughout the City.   For those looking to volunteer or help support programs involved in working with Chicago’s youth, please contact MENTOR Illinois at (312) 516-5559 or, One Good Deed Chicago at, or any of the following City partners.

Mentoring Partners

  • A Safe Haven
  • Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Cabrini Connections
  • Chicago Child Care Society
  • Chicago Youth Programs, Inc. (Cabrini Green, Uptown and Washington Parke locations)
  • Family Matters
  • Heartland Human Care Services
  • Hyde Park Neighborhood Club
  • Life Directions
  • METROSquash NFP
  • New Life Centers of Chicagoland NFP
  • Passages Alternative Living Programs, Inc.
  • Penedo Charitable Organization
  • Phalanx Family Services
  • The Black Star Project
  • True to Life Foundation
  • Youth Guidance

Meet Our Board

 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

 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

Mentors 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.


We'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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MENTOR Illinois

55 E. Monroe, Suite 3800

Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-881-7767




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