The purpose of this website is to act as a directory for the mentoring organizations that provide services to the youth in Evanston. Please review the list of organizations and consider getting involved.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
BBBS MC serves youth between the ages of 7 to 14 years of age. Currently, we have 2 mentoring models (Site Based and Community Based) available in the Evanston area. Our Site Based program takes place at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, every other Tuesday. At the center, matches engage in individual match activities and group games that support a child’s confidence, competence, and caring. A Big Brothers Big Sisters staff person is always there to facilitate the Site Based sessions. In the Community Based program ,olunteers are matched with a child between the ages of 7 and 14 to form a mentoring relationship. During outings, Bigs and Littles do every day activities that provide children with the opportunity to discover a world of possibilities for their life. The time commitment for this program is 2-4 outings per month, done on your own schedule, for a minimum of one year.
Please visit our website to find out how you can get involved:
Evanston Police Department Mentoring Program
EPD Mentoring Program
The Evanston Police Mentoring Program (EPMP) is a mentoring program administered by employees of the Evanston Police Department who volunteer their efforts to support a better quality of life for youth.
EPMP mentoring group exists to help promote, nurture and foster the youth’s character and personal development. To accomplish this mission, we provide a forum for discussions concerning life issues that may hinder the maturation process. Our mentors strive to model appropriate behavior for all members of our community.
Contact: Phone: (847)866-5050 E-mail: EPDmentoring@gmail.com
Evanston Scholars is a non-profit organization that improves college access and success for a diverse group of ambitious Evanston students, starting with the college admissions process and continuing until graduation. Through mentors, peer relationships, and college readiness programming we seek to strengthen our Scholars’ support system and improve their chances of obtaining a college degree.
Who are the Evanston Scholars:
· ETHS (Evanston Township High School) incoming seniors with strong character and academic ambition
· Students in the academic middle – (B average and average 20 Plan ACT score)
· The majority of selected students will be from underserved populations -- students lacking financial, academic, family, and/or community resources
· Mentors are community members who have graduated from college and want to help an Evanston student have the same opportunity
· Mentors commit to helping one Scholar from May – May with the college application process and transitioning to college
· Mentors attend, with their mentee, workshops that focus on college access and identifying colleges that are the bestmatch
· Mentors communicate with their Scholar through phone calls, emails and text messages to follow up on workshop activities and establish rapport
· During the Scholar’s four years in college, check in (phone calls, text, emails) to get updates, help problem solve, and offer encouragement
Please visit our website to find out how you can get involved:www.evanstonscholars.org
Please visit our website to find out how you can get involved: www.mcgawymca.org
Y.O.U. (Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc.)
Mentor Y.O.U.th is Y.O.U.'s one-one-one, site-based mentorship program that is designed to support achievement in school, at home, and in the community by matching youth (ages 8-18) with caring adults. Mentor Y.O.U.th assists youth at-risk of school failure, delinquency, or violence by providing the opportunity to be engaged in positive, structured, long-term relationships with community volunteers. Youth and their mentors meet once a week for one hour, and participate in arts and cultural activities, sports and recreation, and educational enrichment.
Please visit our website to find out how you can get involved: www.youevanston.org
Boys to Men Chicago Network
Boys to Men believes that boys on their journey to manhood benefit uniquely from guidance provided by positive male role models. We are a diverse community of responsible men, reflecting a wide range of ethnicity, religious and spiritual orientations, lifestyles, and occupations, who are committed to providing that guidance through mentoring, rite of passage trainings, and blessing. Boys to Men's mission is to support and encourage boys to recognize, access, respect, and appreciate their mature masculine energy.
· We offer a one-year mentoring program for boys 13-17. Our groups meet bi-weekly in Evanston and are led by trained, experienced, and vetted mentors.
· 1-2 times each year we offer weekend rite of passage trainings for boys in our program.
· We host a training, “Reclaiming Your Teenage Fire,” for men who wish to mentor.
To learn more, please visit our website: www.btmchicago.org