The mission of Uncommon Good is to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and to work for the restoration of our planet. These two goals are intertwined, since the alleviation of poverty depends upon having a healthy earth with enough resources to support everyone. We accomplish these goals by helping underprivileged children succeed in school and go to college, by supporting young doctors who are bringing health and wellness into underserved communities, and through a variety of environmental initiatives.
Our vision at Uncommon Good is to live in a community where every child, regardless of ethnicity or socio-economic status has access to a meaningful college education. To bring that vision into reality, the Connect to College Mentoring Program provides low income students in 4th - 12th grades who reside in the Pomona Valley with mentors who help them envision themselves in college, tutors to help them stay on track, college access through our high school scholars program, and real world learning experiences through our agriculture initiative. Our goal is to increase academic achievement and college access for our students by providing them with adult role models, supportive services, and educational opportunities.
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.