Education and Mentoring

Chicago Area Mentorship Program

Overview

Chicago Area Mentorship Program (CAMP) is a student organization that aims to inspire high school students to work towards their aspirations by stressing the importance of hard work, determination and self-confidence. Established in the Spring of 2009, CAMP was formed to reach out to high school students in the Chicago-land area by bringing them to campus for a full day of programming that we now call our Annual "College Day." As our organization continues to grow, we look to empower students who would not consider themselves college-bound through our annual programming and yearly high school visits.

Schedule/ Commitment

We expect our volunteers to tutor/mentor twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursday's from 3:30-5:30

Community Partners

Evanston Township High School and the Achievers Program

Contact

Email: HaleyJakabcsin2018@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page

Camp Kesem

Overview

Camp Kesem is a weeklong summer camp for kids whose parents have or had cancer. There are chapters at many colleges around the country, each serving the area surrounding it and run entirely by students. The chapters are overseen by a national organization, Camp Kesem National.

Our camps are created to serve children who have been affected by a parent's cancer, and all of our campers attend at no cost. Camp Kesem at Northwestern University is a university chapter of a National, 501(c)3 organization, with chapters at 70 schools in 34 states. Our mission is to "support children through and beyond their parent's cancer."

Schedule/ Commitment

We typically hold volunteer recruitment each fall, where we select students who will serve as counselors at one of our sessions of summer camp, held for two weeks each summer. Throughout the year, counselors are expected to attend weekly training sessions, where they learn the ins and outs of being a camp counselor. Additionally, each student volunteer helps with camper outreach, fundraising, PR/Marketing and planning the actual programming for our two, one-week sessions of camp. Each counselor is expected to raise $500 throughout the year that goes towards our annual fundraising goal. Students who are not selected as counselors can still support Camp Kesem by participating in our on-campus fundraisers or community profit shares!

Contact

Email: northwestern@campkesem.org
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MORE (Mentorship Opportunities for Research Engagement

Overview

The Northwestern University Mentorship Opportunities for Research Engagement exists to provide graduate students and post-docs opportunities to mentor high school students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This organization grew out of a partnership with Niles West High School where students participate in high level STEM research under the mentorship of NU graduate students. We aim to expand our connections with local high schools to engage students in real science.

Schedule/ Commitment

Member of MORE can engage with our program on a variety of time commitments. Niles West Program (1-2 emails per month for a year), ETHS Program (1 meeting per month for one year), REACH (one time service opportunities)

Community Partners

Niles West High School and Evanston Township High School primarily.

Contact

Email: jperez@u.northwestern.edu

Project Soar

Overview

Project SOAR matches one Northwestern student with one Evanston child so that the two can have a mutually enriching experience. As a Northwestern mentor, you will meet with your mentee on a weekly basis. Meetings can be throughout Evanston or Chicago and are planned based on your own schedule. SOAR is not a tutoring program, it is meant to provide role models for those children that want and need them.

Schedule/ Commitment

Mentors participating in Project SOAR must meet with their mentee at least once per week, totaling 2-4 hours. Additionally, SOAR holds Team Meetings for all mentors about once per month for 1.5 hours. We have several optional special events, such as skiing and a weekend at Camp Echo.

Community Partners

McGaw YMCA--SOAR is a YMCA program

Contact

Email: projectsoarnu@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page

Best Buddies

Overview

Best Buddies is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of those with intellectual and/or physical disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, and leadership.

We foster one-to-one friendships with members of the community with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Best Buddies gives you the opportunity to be an advocate, mentor, and friend. All you need to have with you each outing is a positive attitude!

Schedule/ Commitment

Best buddies provides transportation form Misericordia once every other Tuesday between 6 and 9pm. It is a twice-a-month commitment for a few hours. We generally have 5 normal outings per quarter, with an additional occasional special outing once a quarter on a weekend (attending a basketball game, zoo day, etc.).

Community Partners

Misericordia

Contact

Email: JamesPisano2012@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page 

Book Buddies

Overview

Book Buddies partners with local preschools to promote literacy and tutor young people in reading. 

Schedule/ Commitment

Book Buddies is held every Friday throughout the quarter (so typically for 10 weeks in fall, winter, and spring). We meet between 3 and 3:30 to go to the partner preschool, and we end the program at the preschool around 5. I send out a weekly email asking volunteers to sign up, so the same volunteers can sign up each week if they choose, or new volunteers can sign up as they are free on a week-by-week basis.

Community Partners

The preschools that we split our time between are Childcare Center of Evanston, and Reba Early Learning Center. The children's outreach librarian from the Evanston Public Library attends and helps each week as well.

Contact

Email: bookbuddiesnu@gmail.com

Inspire Media

Overview

Inspire Media is a student-run organization that produces and funds socially conscious media, engaging topics on local, national, and international levels. Believing that all media platforms have the power to motivate and create social change, Inspire Media’s programming provokes discussion, engages audiences, and inspires action in the global community.

This is our second class at Street-Level, so right now our operations are relatively small. Because of that, we don't take members who are exclusively interested in volunteering and outreach, because we only need about 2-4 people a quarter to work at Street-Level. We generally take volunteers from our pool of general members, who are involved in the group's other activities.

Schedule/ Commitment

Our volunteers lead two classes a week, each of which are two hours long. The days and times change quarter by quarter, but generally it's once on Saturday and once on a weekday.

Community Partners

Street-Level Youth Media in Wicker Park

Contact

Email: JaclynZhou2017@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page

Supplies For Dreams

Overview

Supplies for Dreams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides underprivileged Chicago Public School students with critical resources and extra-curricular opportunities ranging from basic school supplies to field trips and one-on-one mentoring. The Northwestern Chapter of SFD strives to give opportunities for NU students to help SFD do this, as well as bring awareness of the issues in education that exist.

We really value passion and focus on building leaders!

Schedule/ Commitment

Level of involvement differs based on whether students want to be volunteers (mentors, field trip mission leaders, and chaperones) or members on the SFD team (a full-time member in one of the committees) For mentors, it is a weekly commitment: around 4 hrs for one day of the week. For field trip, mission leaders it is a weekly-monthly commitment (similar to mentoring commitment). For chaperones it is a one-time service opportunity. For SFD members (on the team) it is a minimum 2 hrs per week (calculated from the 2 meetings all members have a week) plus the additional time students work outside these meeting times.

Community Partners

Our community partners are the 4 CPS Schools we partner with: Joyce Kilmer, Bernard Moos, Belmont Cragin and Manuel Perez Jr.

Contact

Email: HelenChen2018@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page

China Care

Overview

China Care is a cultural philanthropy group who helps to fund surgeries for Chinese orphans with disabilities and provides programming for adopted Chinese children who live in the Chicagoland area.

Schedule/ Commitment

For volunteers, our playgroup events are open, which means students can come to whichever events they would like. During playgroups, volunteers can help run the Chinese cultural activities we have and hang out with the kids. These events occur roughly every month.

Community Partners

Half the Sky, Chinese Adoption in the Chicagoland Area

Contact

Email: arleenli2016@u.northwestern.edu
Wildcat Connection Page

Junior Achievement

Overview

 Junior Achievement gives young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Northwestern volunteers will have the opportunity to empower students by delivering relevant, hands-on lessons on financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to K-12 classrooms in the area.

Schedule/ Commitment

The involvement is entirely up to the student. We have three programs available for our volunteers. The first is a weekly program, where the volunteer will go into a local classroom for a 45-minute session just once a week for five total weeks. The second is a day program and is only one time, where the volunteer will go into a local classroom for 3-4 hours and deliver the weekly program in one sitting. The third is an Ask the Collegian program and is also only one time, where the volunteer will answer students’ questions about college life and applications and so on.

Volunteers can choose when to go into the classroom. They can arrange any time that is best for them with their respective teacher. We just ask that weekly programs are finished within the quarter. You can go in on a Tuesday the first week, a Friday the second week, and a Wednesday the third week. The schedule is by your design!

Additionally, to remain a Junior Achievement at Northwestern member, you must volunteer with us at least twice each year. That can be any one time program or weekly program. As long as you sign up for and complete two opportunities in the school year, you will remain an active member. If you do not meet the minimum, we will have you go through the entry process again and get re-trained to ensure teaching quality among all of our volunteers. At least one of our opportunities next year will be on campus for our annual JA/ETHS College and Career Day, which many volunteers can sign up and complete one of their two opportunities to stay active, so it is not difficult to complete these minimum requirements!  

Community Partners

JA Chicago is our largest partner. They help us run our operations.

Contact

Email: sunnyliu2018@u.northwestern.edu

Wildcat Connection Page

AMPED (The Arts and Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers)

Overview

The Arts and Music Programs for Education in Detention Centers (AMPED) is a yearlong music mentorship program that connects Northwestern students with incarcerated young men at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Through detailed lessons, one-on-one instruction, and supplementary programming, AMPED creates opportunities for shared learning and authentic relationships.

Schedule/ Commitment

We expect that our mentors will commit to weekly Saturday sessions from 10am-12pm during winter and spring quarters. We also hold around five required trainings during fall quarter.

Community Partners

We partner with the Cook County Temporary Juvenile Detention Center (JTDC).

Contact

Email helenrucinski2017@u.northwestern.edu

Or visit our website!

Strive for College

Overview

The purpose of Strive for College is to assist academically qualified, low-income and/or under resourced students apply to and enroll in four-year universities and colleges. The Strive for College Chapter at Northwestern follows Strive for College Guiding Principles as well as recruiting mentors, provide support and training, and advocate for all-access education.

Schedule/Commitment

Mentors meet with their mentees virtually through an established online platform once a week for at least an hour, but they can schedule more sessions if they wish and message each other more often. Both the mentor and mentee will set up their session at a mutually convenient time.

All new mentors will need to go through a quick in-person background check as required by CPS.

Community Partners

Strive for College National Board

Contact

Organization email: striveforcollegenu@gmail.com
President email: Melissa Bustamante melissabustamante2017@u.northwestern.edu
Vice President email: Sunny Liu sunnyliu2018@u.northwestern.edu