Our Vision

Elevate the impact of mentoring today so more young people reach their potential tomorrow.


I am thrilled to serve MENTOR Illinois as your Executive Director in this exciting new chapter. It is an honor to build on a long legacy of excellence as the foremost leader in the mentoring movement since launching in Chicago in 2012.

Your support is critical to our team of experts who bring a wealth of evidence-based resources, training, and technical assistance to promote national best practices in mentoring to over 400 organizations serving 55,000 youth across the state. Additionally, MENTOR Illinois raises public awareness of the vital role of mentoring in healthy youth development, violence prevention, academic achievement, and workforce readiness. This is one of my favorite examples of our public awareness, in real life.

We are joined in this work by our incredible community and program partners who are relying on us to realize our vision in support of them and their tireless service to the young people they support every day. This is what fuels my dedication to ensuring that MENTOR Illinois achieves great things in our next chapter.

Together, we will build our capacity, elevate mentoring, and meet the needs of our partners to help them excel in mentoring our future leaders.

I look forward with great anticipation to what's ahead, meeting and working with friends and partners old and new. Let's go!

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Anna-Claire Setterlin

Anna-Claire (Whitehead) Setterlin
Executive Director, MENTOR Illinois




Our vision is that every young person has the supportive relationships they need to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults, and our mission is to fuel the quality and quantity of mentoring relationships for the young people of Illinois and to close the mentoring gap for the one in three young people growing up without this critical support.




We are leaders through service- We are eager to activate our skills, our talents, our network, and our time to empower others.

You can count on us- We are transparent, authentic, and honor our commitments.

We are in this together- We believe that respect, trust, and equality create an environment where we all continually improve and excel.

We work smart- We are resourceful stewards of the resources to which we are entrusted so that we can effectively and efficiently get the job done.