Corporate Mentoring Challenge

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The Corporate Mentoring Challenge recognizes outstanding corporations from Illinois that have created, expanded or partnered on mentoring initiatives this year. The Corporate Mentoring Challenge is sponsored by MENTOR Illinois and our partner mentoring programs.

The goal is to challenge private corporations to create or expand an existing mentoring culture within their companies to encourage employee participation in mentoring programs for youth in the community. In order to complete the challenge, companies must participate in three mentoring activities during National Mentoring Month in January. See list of activities below.

MENTOR Illinois Corporate Mentoring Challenge members receive access to:

  • The latest mentoring research

  • Effective mentoring practices

  • Individualized trainings, tools, and resources to support corporate mentoring initiatives

  • Networking opportunities with other corporations, philanthropic investors in mentoring, the MENTOR Illinois network, and direct-service mentoring programs

MENTOR Illinois can visit your company to help brainstorm ideas and roll out the challenge. Contact us to learn more and get started!


Members have the opportunity to be spotlighted as models for how companies are making a change through mentoring in:

  • National Mentoring Month press and marketing

  • Logo inclusion on MENTOR Illinois website and materials

  • Social media promotion

  • Spotlight storytelling

  • Mentoring field guides and expert research

  • Annual Impact Awards Breakfast

Additionally, all participating companies will be considered for national recognition in the National Corporate Mentoring Honor Roll promoted by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership.


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Member spotlight: 10,000 Connections

A Mentor Recruitment Campaign Powered by Starbucks, LinkedIn, and MENTOR

MENTOR Illinois Starbucks LinkedIn MENTOR 10,000 Connections

Starbucks, LinkedIn and MENTOR have joined forces to support organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, YMCA of the USA, City Year, and Year Up, to launch a nationwide campaign designed to connect more than 10,000 mentors and mentees across the United States. The goals: Help close the mentoring gap by creating 10,000 connections online and offline with youth and young adults seeking mentoring support to jumpstart or grow their careers.

 For an in depth overview of MENTOR’s 10,000 Connections campaign along with tips to replicate in your own market, click the button below to download a copy of the Replication Guide.

Member spotlight: The Fellowship Initiative

MENTOR Illinois JPMorgan Chase The Fellowship Initiative

The Fellowship Initiative (TFI) provides intensive academic and leadership training to help young men of color from economically-distressed communities complete their high school educations and better prepare them to excel in colleges and universities. TFI is part of the firm’s broader ongoing efforts to provide adults and young people with the education, skills and resources that contribute to greater economic mobility.

To date, more than 200 JPMorgan Chase employees have worked with TFI Fellows as Mentors, coaches, role models, speakers, or volunteers in various capacities. Since its launch in 2010, the program has been expanded and will recruit new classes of Fellows in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New York.

Join the Corporate Mentoring Challenge 2020

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Thank you for helping create a culture of mentoring in Illinois! If you have any questions, please contact or 312-508-3776.

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