How Our Mentors Make An Impact

We found the most effective way of mentoring comes from ongoing relationship building with a trusted person. Take a look at some of the activities we do below:

After School Visits


On the weekdays, we send mentors to visit elementary schools where they help the students with their homework as well as work on building a mentoring relationship.

School Improvement Days


Every month during the CPS semester, we have a community service event to clean up the school’s surrounding block and interior. Activities range from organizing, to cleaning up, to painting!

Fun Events


From playing sports to visiting Millenium Park, our events promote student confidence through interactions with their peers, mentors, teachers, and parents.

Become a mentor


We found the most effective way of mentoring comes from ongoing relationship building.

We tailored our mentoring program to do just that.

Follow these 3 steps to start mentoring:

Step 1


  • Express interest in becoming a mentor for Sprouting Leaders by filling out the registration form.
  • Then, proceed to Step 2.

Registration Form

Step 2


  • Fill out the CPS Volunteer Form. (select “Corkery” or “Funston” as the primary school.
  • Please follow the steps contained on the online CPS Volunteer application through CiviCore.
  • You will be considered a Level 1 volunteer.
  • Select “Other” under Organization/Affiliation.
  • Purpose for volunteering: Sprouting leaders within our communities..

CPS Volunteer Form

Step 3


  • Wait for CPS approval. During this period we will contact you in order to set up a plan and hold an orientation.
  • We’ll keep an eye on the progress of your application.
  • Sit tight. We’ll be in contact shortly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A mentor is a person who establishes a relationship with our youth in order to connect and continue to grow and improve together. We are happy that you have found us and are interested in becoming a mentor.  Please take a moment to review the specifications of the mentor role and follow the steps listed. As always, if you have any questions emails us at volunteer@sproutingleaders.org.
Becoming a mentor is not an easy task but is very rewarding. We have all seen the need for role models who can give underprivileged youth the opportunity to see beyond their circumstances.  Many of the students we work with have hardships that necessitate the need for a “buddy” who will show them the right path when so many of their peers have gone the wrong way. It is tempting to follow the wrong path especially when the youth have associated themselves with certain groups. As a mentor, you can be the “push” that they need; you can establish a trusting relationship and help them in all aspects of their life such as family issues, personal issues, and academic assignments!
Our program is sustained throughout a college semester. This is to build a more meaningful relationship between the mentor and mentee.
Check with your college/university advisor first. Chances are, you will be able to receive internship credit for volunteering. Yay college credits!
Expect to be a great mentor for students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade!

  • Help them set goals
  • Help them with homework
  • Acts as a resource to teach the them professional skills
  • Encourage them to attend college

The list above gives you a good idea of the types of things a mentor can do, but what happens in a mentoring relationship ultimately depends on how well a mentor and mentee interact with each other.

Our current program is operated through the collegiate chapters located at University of Illinois at Chicago and Northeastern Illinois University. Mentors from both locations are put in contact with our dedicated leaders who can instruct you on where to go and how to be an effective mentor. Mentors typically visit the school on a weekly basis to help with after school activities. The time and day are flexible and we will work with you to determine the best fit.

We work extensively with Chicago Public Schools. Therefore, you need to fill our the CPS Volunteer Registration Packet. Don’t worry, we’ll keep an eye on your applications progress and guide you through the questions. It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy.
No system is perfect. Although we like to think ours is impeccable, errors do fall through the cracks. When they do, we are there to ensure the pieces fit the puzzle. In other words, we’ll keep an eye on your application’s progress. We got you!
Which school did you want to mentor? We are currently at two elementary schools (Daniel J. Corkery Elementary and Frederick Funston Elementary). Typically, we have UIC students mentor at Corkery and NEIU students mentor at Funston, but you can select whichever is most convenient for you. You’re great for wanting to be a mentor!

Have additional questions?

You are always welcome to contact us.