One-to-One Mentoring Initiative -- Circle Urban Ministries

One-to-One Mentoring Initiative -- Circle Urban Ministries The One-to-One Mentoring Initiative exists to initiate and support life-sharing, one-on-one relationships between urban youth and positive, Christian adults.

The mission of Circle Urban’s Mentoring Program is to “Initiate and support mentoring friendships that encourage, equip, and empower students to pursue success in the classroom and community.” Over 2/3 of the youth we serve come from single parent households; in our community 31% of adults 25 and older do not have a high school diploma; 30% of families are below the poverty line. All of this leads

The mission of Circle Urban’s Mentoring Program is to “Initiate and support mentoring friendships that encourage, equip, and empower students to pursue success in the classroom and community.” Over 2/3 of the youth we serve come from single parent households; in our community 31% of adults 25 and older do not have a high school diploma; 30% of families are below the poverty line. All of this leads

Fun times with mentoring program participants eating, talking, laughing and playing games!
08/09/2013

Fun times with mentoring program participants eating, talking, laughing and playing games!

Fun times with mentoring program participants eating, talking, laughing and playing games!

Parents, here is a helpful to-do list as you prepare for school to start in just a few weeks.
07/29/2013

Parents, here is a helpful to-do list as you prepare for school to start in just a few weeks.

It's hard to believe, but kids will be heading back to school before we know it!

Use ParentFurther's Back to School Checklist to prepare your family and share it with parents in your program or community: http://bit.ly/169mYrJ

07/24/2013
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Boundaries & Expectations Tip: Talk with children about consequences they will face when they break rules or ignore boundaries (before they are broken or ignored).

06/24/2013
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Keep an eye out for children in your neighborhood and let parents know when their kids do something positive or fun. “I heard your son playing drums yesterday. He’s really getting good.”

If you have concerns or questions, raise them with care—not in an accusatory way, but as a supporter.

06/21/2013
UnitedHealth Group - Volunteering Linked to Better Physical, Mental Health

PLUS the 3 flights of stairs our mentors climb each time they meet means that our mentors are in REALLY good shape!

(June 19, 2013) – A new study released today by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH) and the Optum Institute finds that volunteering is linked to better physical, mental and emotional health.

06/21/2013

The Mentors at Circle Urban Ministries are the most committed, caring, awesome volunteers anyone could ask for! Thank you for another great year of mentoring young people!

06/17/2013
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Invite neighborhood children to give you a hand with an outdoor project, and thank them for being a good neighbor. Sometimes asking young people to help reminds them that they are an important part of the neighborhood.

Last week of onsite mentoring before summer vacation
06/17/2013

Last week of onsite mentoring before summer vacation

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06/11/2013

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According to our data, less than 10% of young people reported that any of the adults in their neighborhood really got them. With summer coming, make it a goal to get to know the kids on your block. Here are some ideas to get you started.

06/11/2013

Congratulations to the class of 2014 High School Mentees: Dynesha, Javon, Chris, Mercedes and Michael!! Well done and so proud of all your hard work! God bless as you begin the next steps of your life!

Afternoon Fun & Games in Mentoring
05/23/2013

Afternoon Fun & Games in Mentoring

The Balance of Care and Challenge: Why All Kids Need it, and How All Adults Can Provide It
05/17/2013
The Balance of Care and Challenge: Why All Kids Need it, and How All Adults Can Provide It

The Balance of Care and Challenge: Why All Kids Need it, and How All Adults Can Provide It

All kids need developmental relationships to grow up healthy, caring, responsible, and productive. So, what’s the problem? Only a minority of kids have developmental relationships, both in the home and outside of the home. Join us for this webinar on the importance of developmental relationships in…

Celebrating Ordinary Adult and Kid Heroes!
05/17/2013

Celebrating Ordinary Adult and Kid Heroes!

Celebrating Ordinary Adult and Kid Heroes!

03/26/2013

Thanks to all the mentors, mentees, families, board members, Rock church and Circle Urban family for making the 8th Annual Mentor and Mentee dinner a huge success on Saturday! Had a blast celebrating with you! Pictures to come...

02/05/2013

Thank you for all your prayers for our program during January's National Mentoring Month. We have several new applications for folks applying to become mentors with us!

01/17/2013

Today is "Thank Your Mentor Day"! Whether or not you have/had a formal mentor take time today to contact an influential person in your life and let them know how they have been a positive influence on the person you are today.

01/11/2013

Please continue to lift up the children on our waiting list who still do not have a mentor. Pray that God would send godly men and women to this program to walk alongside them.

Mentee enjoying lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe with his mentor
01/11/2013

Mentee enjoying lunch at the Rain Forest Cafe with his mentor

Mentor and mentee enjoying time together at Lincoln Park Zoo
01/11/2013

Mentor and mentee enjoying time together at Lincoln Park Zoo

01/08/2013

Think of the people (peers, coworkers, pastors, teachers) who have had a positive impact in your life whether through a formal or informal mentoring relationship. Take time this month to send a quick email, note or text to tell them THANK YOU for taking time to guide you.

01/04/2013

January is NATIONAL MENTORING MONTH! The Mentoring Program at Circle Urban Ministries sends a huge THANK YOU to all of our mentors! Without you this program would not exist. Your faithful commitment, compassion and consistency continue to be a blessing to the lives of your mentees and our program. We appreciate the role modeling and creativity you display in order to give your mentees the best experience possible. Thank you for the many prayers on behalf of your mentees and our program throughout the years. We are thankful to have the opportunity to serve you another year.

12/21/2012

As a reminder, the Mentoring Office will be closed for onsite mentoring Dec. 22- Jan. 6. Mentors and mentees should plan to get together for one outing over the break. Onsite mentoring resumes Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Mentoring Program at Circle Urban Ministries! God bless you and keep you as ...
12/21/2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Mentoring Program at Circle Urban Ministries! God bless you and keep you as you celebrate his birth this season!!!

Thank you for all your support and prayers. Please continue to keep us lifted up in prayer as we look for more committed, Christian mentors for the kids on our waiting list in 2013!

Pictured is the last mentoring session of 2012 getting ready to head to the gym for a little bball.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Mentoring Program at Circle Urban Ministries! God bless you and keep you as ...
12/21/2012

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Mentoring Program at Circle Urban Ministries! God bless you and keep you as you celebrate his birth this season!!!

Thank you for all your support and prayers. Please continue to keep us lifted up in prayer as we look for more committed, Christian mentors for the kids on our waiting list in 2013!

Pictured is the last mentoring session of 2012 getting ready to head to the gym for a little bball.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the mentors and mentees who came out to help with Angel Tree on Saturday. Your hands, side by side w...
12/18/2012

A HUGE THANK YOU to the mentors and mentees who came out to help with Angel Tree on Saturday. Your hands, side by side with Circle Urban Ministries and Rock Church, were a wonderful demonstration of God's love to our community!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the mentors and mentees who came out to help with Angel Tree on Saturday. Your hands, side by side with Circle Urban Ministries and Rock Church, were a wonderful demonstration of God's love to our community!

12/14/2012
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Try to stay attuned to the times when a young person needs you to keep quiet and let her or him talk. If you think your young friend is looking for more, ask, "Would you like me to give you some ideas, or would you rather I just listen?"

A Mentor and Mentee help to sort over 150 gifts for tomorrow's Angel Tree Outreach with Rock Church & Wheaton College
12/14/2012

A Mentor and Mentee help to sort over 150 gifts for tomorrow's Angel Tree Outreach with Rock Church & Wheaton College

A Mentor and Mentee help to sort over 150 gifts for tomorrow's Angel Tree Outreach with Rock Church & Wheaton College

Thanks to all the Mentors and Mentees who made cookies for Rock Church's Angel Tree Outreach
12/13/2012

Thanks to all the Mentors and Mentees who made cookies for Rock Church's Angel Tree Outreach

Thanks to all the Mentors and Mentees who made cookies for Rock Church's Angel Tree Outreach

Circle Urban Ministries
12/10/2012

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Our youth are reading Christian’s Quest this year as part of God Time. All of the K-6th King’s Kids, the College Readiness middle school kids, and mentees who are available at the time are reading the allegory based on the book Pilgrim’s Progress . The story takes on new meaning for the kids as they go through our 90 ft. after-school hallway which contains the mural. The mural depicts the story in over 20 panels on both sides of the hallway.

Mentor and Mentee enjoying the Bears vs. Vikings game together yesterday at Soldier Field!
11/27/2012

Mentor and Mentee enjoying the Bears vs. Vikings game together yesterday at Soldier Field!

11/21/2012

Happy Thanksgiving!! The Mentoring Program is thankful for all of you who support this ministry with your prayers and financial gifts. We pray that you have a blessed day thanking our God "who supplies all of our needs according to his riches in glory in Jesus Christ." (Phil. 4:19)

11/20/2012
Circle Urban Ministries: Chicago, IL

Check out the newly launched Circle Urban Ministries' website! Same address www.circleurban.org, NEW look!

We hope that you will be challenged and inspired as you browse through Circle Urban's website. Through the Body of Christ coming together and serving the poor on Chicago's Westside real transformation is occurring.

11/16/2012

It's a great end to the week when the last mentoring session of the day starts off with 10 straight minutes of the mentor and mentee doubled over in laughter together!!

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118 N Central Ave
Chicago, IL
60644

General information

Program Hours: Monday 3:30-8pm Tuesday-Thursday 3:30-6:30pm Friday 1-6:30pm All Mentors must complete screening and orientation/training prior to being matched. All Mentees must register for the program and mentees and parent(s) must complete face to face interviews with mentoring staff.

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