MENTOR Illinois is here to provide and connect you with the support you need to sustain and grow quality mentoring initiatives.


Our trainings and one-on-one program consultation, or "technical assistance," provide guidance and resources on topics of your choice, ranging from establishing a recruitment plan to developing outcome measurements.

MENTOR Illinois serves many outstanding organizations across Chicago, including:

  • JPMorgan Chase

  • Get IN Chicago

  • Obama Foundation and My Brother’s Keeper Alliance



MENTOR Illinois offers training support as programs start, maintain, and sustain quality mentoring initiatives. Research indicates that training is a critical step for a program to enhance the quality and sustainability of mentoring relationships.

We provide opportunities for mentoring programs, workplaces, professional associations, and education, government and faith institutions to gain the support and resources they need to provide high quality mentoring experiences. In addition, we offer workshops to prepare both mentors and mentees to make the most of their mentoring relationships.

We can help your mentoring initiative through:

→ Training, consultation, and resource development for mentoring program staff

→ Professional development and networking opportunities for mentoring program providers

→ Training development for mentoring program participants

Contract trainings

MENTOR Illinois will work with your organization to meet your specific needs for training. We have a standard curriculum of research-based trainings for mentors, mentees, and program staff that are designed to prepare each audience to effectively build relationships with youth. We can also customize any of the workshops to meet your specific needs.


Technical Assistance

Mentoring programs across Illinois can apply for technical assistance to support them in more deeply incorporating evidence-based practices, ultimately leading to greater positive outcomes for young people. Examples of potential technical assistance that might be requested include:

→ Development of high-quality mentor training materials

→ Guidance and consultation on mentor recruitment plans and screening strategies

→ Analysis and improvement of match support processes

→ Recommendations on best practices for serving challenging youth populations

→ Designing innovative service models

The goal of the MENTOR Illinois technical assistance program is to improve the quality and effectiveness of youth mentoring programs across Illinois.


The National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) provides free specific program practices based on their individual needs and allows programs to access up to 50 hours of no-cost consultation by expert MENTOR staff.

To take advantage of this opportunity, fill out a short Technical Assistance Request for your program on the NMRC website. The NMRC sends your request to the closest mentoring partnership where they will review your application, complete an exploratory phone call, and begin working with you on your program’s needs.

Some recent examples of technical assistance provided to mentoring programs include:

→ Development and revision of mentoring training materials

→ Guidance and consultation on mentor recruitment plans and strategies

→ Analysis of mentor screening processes

→ Analysis of match support processes

→ In-depth evaluation planning


MENTOR Illinois offers individual consultation to mentoring programs to help with any aspect of their program. We would love to meet with you to get to know your unique mentoring program, discuss your program’s needs, and figure out how we might best be able to partner with you to provide you with the help you need. We are happy to meet with you for a free initial consultation.