- Educational Mentorship Program , Latest News , Press
- February 7, 2018
Join our exclusive team of Mentors and Educational Mentors at Let It Be Us. We serve the older children within the Illinois foster care system as well as those children living in foster care group homes. We focus on the children who are older and who most likely will never be adopted. Our goals are to ensure these children meet high school graduation requirements, enter college or vocational school, gain employment, and learn life skills.
As a Mentor: The program is designed to be life changing for the child as well as the Mentor and provides a long term relationship. Mentors spend time with their mentee in many different ways: visiting schools, going on interviews, going shopping for clothes, and basically being together while the mentor is the role model. (The current opening is for Northern Illinois and Chicago.)
As an Educational Mentor: The program is more specified to working in libraries with students in foster care and working on homework. (The current opening is for Bartlett, Illinois only.)
Why is it important to assign a mentor to an older child in foster care? According to the University of Chicago, and their study of Midwestern children aging out of foster care, only 50% of these children will earn a high school diploma. 97% will never attend college. 45% of the girls will become pregnant by the age of 19. A large percentage of the boys (not calculated in Illinois) will end up in prison. It is our belief that the children in our program will be more successful in life, overall, than they will be if left to navigate life on their own.
Our Mentors inevitably discover impediments to education such as the need for glasses, special educational materials and IEP (individual education plan within a child’s school system) adjustments. Let It Be Us stands behind our Mentors and and Educational Mentors and provides the funding to meet these needs so these children have everything needed to achieve their targeted level of educational success, employment success, and success with learning and mastering life skills. Our Let It Be Us Mentors and Educational Mentors are provided 8 hours of special and proprietary mentorship training allowing them to work with children who have survived trauma. We also provide 2 hours of continuing education per month. Our mentorship training and leadership team includes a mentorship expert, principals, teachers, and a principal of a therapeutic high school. Our Let It Be Us Mentors come from all walks of life, and span the skill sets of teachers, tutors, ACT experts, parents and adoptive parents.
To be a Let It Be Us Mentor, please REGISTER BELOW commit to forming a long-term relationship with a child within the foster care system. We offer a 4 session Mentorship Training Program. You will continue to meet as a group for support with certified counselors with mentorship expertise. The children we are currently working with are located primarily in Chicago and Northern Illinois. Group Home Coordinators and Caseworkers may find out more about this program by contacting Douglas Locke, Co-Chair of the Let It Be Us Mentorship Program.
Our goal is to make this a memorable and life changing experience for the children … and for you! Our Mentors form close and cohesive bonds, often working together, forming strong working and personal relationships. Join and become one of the US in Let It Be Us.
Let It Be Us is a 501(c)3 with the mission of adoption and education of children in Illinois foster care. We manage programs designed to increase adoption opportunities for waiting Illinois children and we also provide these children with mentorship opportunities as well as direct service opportunities. Learn more at www.LetItBeUs.org.
This program is sponsored in part by an anonymous donor. Sponsorship information is available by contacting Susan McConnell, Executive Director of Let It Be Us.