We fund scholarships to qualifying graduates of One-to-One Mentoring, a school-based program of Champaign Unit 4 and Urbana District 116.
Mentoring is about building relationships of trust between a young person and an adult for the purpose of providing support, encouragement and guidance.
Mentors are matched one-on-one with a student of their own gender when the student is in 3rd-7th grade. Mentors meet with their 'mentees' for one hour a week during the school day on school grounds. They may read together, play games, go for a walk, workout in the gym, discuss current events, work on a school project or just talk. Coordinators at each building help provide activity suggestions, training and support.
Mentors commit for one year at a time. Students who stay in the program through high school graduation receive a scholarship for continuing education funded by the Mentoring Scholarship Foundation.