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It Takes A Village: Mentoring Chicago’s Youth for Success

Union League Boys & Girls Club: Mentoring Chicago's Youth

It Takes A Village: Mentoring Chicago’s Youth for Success

There are two kinds of people in the world…. those that talk about things and those that go out and make things happen. If you pay attention to current events, you know there have been tragedies occurring all over the world including in Chicago. If you’re like me, you’ve heard many people say they wish they had the resources or the time to give back. My response: you don’t need a ton of money, resources, or time to make a difference. You just need to open your heart and put your words to action.

I recently had the opportunity to attend a breakfast at the Union League Club of Chicago hosted in collaboration with Illinois Mentoring Partnership discussing the importance of mentoring Chicago’s youth. Youth violence, poverty, and lack of access to resources are just some of the conditions in which Chicago’s youth live. Several of the city’s youth face daily obstacles that interfere with their ability to achieve academic, career, and personal success.

During the breakfast, Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington moderated a panelist of five individuals making significant contributions to mentoring children and teens in Chicago. The panel included:

• Margie Morris, Executive Director, Illinois Mentoring Partnership
• Glenn Wilke, Executive Director, Midtown Educational Foundation
• Art Mollenhauer, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago
• Terry Hendrickson, President, ULC Boys & Girls Club Foundation
• Maria Barrios, PepsiCo, Volunteer Mentor

The panelists shared their experiences, the impacts they’ve made on the community, and the importance of the whole community working together to create the biggest impact on our youth. I believe it is our duty and our responsibility to do our part to make the world a better place. I also believe that there is no gift more valuable you can give to someone than your time.

The intervention of a trusted adult mentor can provide young people with the support and guidance to overcome obstacles and challenges, and Chicago is fortunate to have a number of quality mentoring programs that fill this crucial need. It’s easy to get involved on either an individual level or a corporate level.

There are several ways to get involved. Click one of the links below for some local opportunities.

“To the world you may be one person but to one person you may be the world.” Become a mentor today and make a difference!

Mentoring Chicago's Youth

ULC Chicago Boys & Girls Club: Mentoring Chicago's Youth

Katie Cahmann