Uncommon Good is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the poor and to ending the cycle of poverty for low income, at risk children and youth.
The Connect to College Mentoring Program focuses on breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty for low income, at risk youth living in the Inland Valley. Numerous studies have shown that the single most powerful intervention that can be introduced into the life of a child at risk is an adult mentor. Uncommon Good volunteer mentors are recruited to share their knowledge, skills and resources with children and teens living in poverty. The volunteer becomes that special adult who provides guidance and encouragement for a young person to stay in school, make healthy lifestyle decisions and advance to college. Uncommon Good supports the one-on-one relationship with tutoring and social services to stabilize the child's family.
When I began researching the Claremont area for grad school, I looked up local mentoring agencies along with housing, and employment. Uncommon Good is one of the only mentoring agencies in Claremont. The staff at UG are very friendly and knowledgeable. My 30 minute interview with the staff became an hour and some conversation. They are very intentional about the matches, and I can truly appreciate that because I adore my mentee. We're perfect for each other. The services that are provided to my mentee (college tours, volunteer opportunities, activities, tutors, etc) are phenomenal! My questions are always answered in a timely manner. Shelley, Carlos and Elizabeth are my main contacts and they're fantastic!
I was a mentor with Uncommon Good for three years while a student a Claremont McKenna College. I really can't say enough good things about this program and my experience in it. The Uncommon Good staff is wonderful. They're dedicated, responsive, and incredibly thoughtful in matching mentors with students. The mentoring experience itself has made a huge impact on my life. My mentee was, and is years later, like family to me and I wish I were still in Southern California so that I could spend more time with her now as she enters high school. The mentoring program is a commitment, but one that is more rewarding than any other volunteer experience that I've had.