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
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.
Member spotlight: 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.