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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


430 S Michigan AveChicago, IL 60605


Each student is matched with two mentors, who work closely to help their student become well-rounded and navigate the college experience from application to graduation. Mentors work with their students to discover, plan for, and ready themselves for college, which includes building a strong, trusting, empathetic relationship with their mentees. Our mentors serve as positive role models and catalysts for the students, encouraging them to fulfill their full potential.

What we look for:

  • The ability to commit to three years with Minds Matter Chicago, show up prepared for session every Saturday from September through May, and accessible during the week for your mentee and the broader Minds Matter Chicago community.
  • The ability to set stretch goals and standards that mentees can achieve.
  • Conscientious and communicative practices, like responsiveness to others and advance notice of absences.
  • The ability to build rapport and trust with people of all different backgrounds, experiences and ages; especially people from first generation or low-income backgrounds.
  • Prior experience mentoring or coaching at-risk, first generation, or low-income youth.
  • A demonstrated passion for understanding people and what motivates them.
Read more about this and other opportunities on our website: https://mindsmatterchicago.org/volunteers


  • Child Development
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Youth Services

Good Match For


Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 22
  • Orientation or Training

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