Metropolitan Family Services has been matching caring adult mentors with DuPage area youth for more than 30 years. These professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships offer positive adult role models to elementary and middle school children, who can benefit from extra support in their lives. Our goal is to improve each child's self-esteem, social competence, academic achievement, and positive life choices. In addition we believe that through a combination of time, volunteering, and generosity of spirit, a mentor can give and gain life-long benefits from the partnership.
MetroMentors is always seeking volunteers in preparation for the next school year. We have a special need for male mentors as well as volunteers who are able to donate their time during the school day.
DuPage businesses, corporations, churches and service clubs are invited to partner with us in providing mentors to a school in your area. Your group may be interested in expanding your current involvement at a school or you might feel this is a good time to reach out to a school in your community. MetroMentors will work with your group and the school to tailor a program that works for everyone. Orientations, interviews, training can all be done at your site and at a time that fits your schedule. Think of what just one hour a week can do for a child!
Our school based program matches children in grades 1 - 8 with adult volunteer mentors who meet with the child at their school during the day. This partnership with area schools targets students who are at risk academically, socially or emotionally. These mentors will meet with their student one hour each week. Their activities might include: eating lunch together, school assignments, playing games, reading and talking. There is a one school year minimum commitment. Our current school locations are:
Ann M Jeans Elementary in Willowbrook
meets every Monday during lunch
El Sierra Elementary in Downers Grove meets every Monday during lunch
Burr Ridge Middle in Burr Ridge meets every Tuesday during lunch
Cowlishaw Elementary in Naperville meets every Tuesday during lunch
Georgetown Elementary in Aurora meets every Tuesday during lunch
Franklin Middle in Wheaton meets every Wednesday during lunch
Lowell Elementary in Wheaton meets every Wednesday during lunch
Monroe Middle in Wheaton
meets every Wednesday after school
Edgewood Elementary in Woodridge meets every Thursday during lunch
Pleasant Hill Elementary in Winfield meets every Thursday during lunch
Requirements for a MetroMentors volunteer:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Complete an application
- Provide and employer and personal reference
- Pass background checks
- Have an in-person interview with staff
- Attend a 2 hour training
If you would like to apply to be a MetroMentors volunteer, please click here and fill out the online application. If you have questions about being a MetroMentors volunteer or would like more information, please contact Marsha Ndoko at 630-784-4836 or email@example.com.
If you are currently a MetroMentors volunteer, please click here to login to your account via VicNet.