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.







Program Details:

  • The EPD Mentoring program is targeted to reach Evanston school district 6th-12th grade students (at-risk and non at-risk).

  • Mentors will be EPD officers and employees of the Police Department who volunteer their own time to help nurture and foster the youth’s character/personal development.

  • We hope to promote better citizenship, build positive relationships, and reduce recidivism.

  • Mentoring will be team-based and peer-based.

  • Primary mentoring topics would include dealing with authority, learning to effectively communicate, peer pressure, internet usage/facebook, etc., responsibility, fear and respect, bullying and many other subtopics.

  • Mentoring meetings will be held twice a month, 1 large group discussion meeting and 1 small team meeting/outing/activity. (Meeting days and locations are TBD). 

  • Mentee’s parents will be updated and asked to participate in a meeting and/or team activity.

  • Contact: Phone: (847)866-5050 E-mail: EPDmentoring@gmail.com





    Evanston Scholars



    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

    Program Details:

    ·        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  



    Project SOAR


    Project SOAR is a one-on-one mentoring program that has been serving Evanston since 1990. The goal of this program is to match Evanston youth with community members and Northwestern students. These matches provide an adult role model and a positive, stable relationship for each child in the program. Youth receive a Y membership, a year of mentoring and tutoring if needed. Mentors receive a year of support, a Y membership and a lifetime of memories.



    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.

    Program Offerings

    ·        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

    If you would like to post information about your Evanston Based mentoring organization, please reach out to Erika Corona-Owens at corona@bbbschgo.org




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