• Mentoring Youth for Success



    “A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained.”

     – Shawn Hitchcock

    Being mentored is one of the most valuable and effective development opportunities for youth. Having guidance, support and encouragement from a trusted adult can provide significant benefits and opportunities for youth to develop a broad range of skill sets, setting the stage for success in facing everyday challenges, achieving academic excellence and preparing for post-secondary education and professional careers.


    ASPIRA’s Mentoring Youth for Success program offers 50 high school students the opportunity to learn from community leaders and mentors to develop confidence, enhance resilience, and obtain post-secondary and career guidance. The program seeks to reduce incidence of gang activity, delinquency and dropout rates while increasing academic achievement and positive skill building among high school youth.


    The ASPIRA Mentoring Youth for Success Program connects ASPIRA high school students with college students and professionals from around the Chicago area for weekly meetings on Mondays – Thursdays from 4-6pm at the ASPIRA Business & Finance High School. Mentors are required to attend once a week.

    Mentors and youth engage in a variety of topics and areas such as researching and preparing for college, exploring careers, creating resumes and applying for jobs, interview skills, academic tutoring and support, goal setting, skill development, cultural events, college visits, service projects and more.

    If you are interested in becoming an ASPIRA Mentor, please fill out the online application here and a representative from the program will contact you regarding the next steps to becoming a mentor.


    Benefits of Mentorship


    For Mentees:

    • Developing a supportive relationship with a trusted mentor
    • Learning important life skills from an experienced professional
    • Learning to establish healthy relationships and lifestyle choices
    • Enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence
    • Increased desire to enrollment rates and educational aspirations


    For Mentors:

    • Personal fulfillment though their contribution of time in helping youth mature, progress, and achieve goals
    • Professional development through enhanced leadership training
    • Establishing long-lasting, impactful relationships with young people
    • Meeting, sharing experiences, and networking with other mentors/professionals

    If you are interested in becoming an ASPIRA mentor, please fill out an application here.

    Mentors will attend an initial orientation session with the Program Coordinator and receive ongoing support and training throughout their mentorship. For further program information, contact Claire Dorn, Mentoring Program Coordinator:  cdorn@aspirail.org, 651-491-7539


    Let’s make this world a better place, one relationship at a time!