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Youth Mentoring Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers, especially males, willing to give 3 hours of time a month to serve as mentors to students in grades 4-8 for our on-site evening mentoring program offered in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. Meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 6-7:30 PM in a structured group setting at the Maine Township Town Hall. Volunteers are matched with a child of the same gender and meet with the same youth throughout the course of a year. Activities are pre-planned by an experienced facilitator and take place in a group setting with 20 matched pairs of mentors and youth. Meetings consist of a combination of one-on-one time and group activities focused on the social and emotional development of youth. Activities include homework help, discussions about bullying, how to create a healthy snack, simple ways to relieve stress, and much more. No outside contact between mentors and youth is permitted. A small contribution of your time can change the course of a child's life. Volunteers must meet the following criteria to be matched with a child in our program:
  • Be at least 18 years old (high school students cannot serve as mentors)
  • Meet residency criteria of being a US citizen for at least 1 year, legal resident for at least 2 years, or having a student/workers visa for at least 2 years
  • Be willing to commit to attend each program meeting or at minimum 80% of program sessions
  • Be able to attend the entire program meeting for a minimum of 1 year.
  • Be able to participate in regular phone contacts with a Big Brothers Big Sisters staff person
  • Be able to provide their own transportation to and from the program meetings
  • Be willing to pay a one-time application fee of $35
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Anne at 847-297-2510 x272 or .

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