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Mentoring Program

College students are paired with teens to discuss life in high school versus college, how to prepare for college, how to manage the college application process, majors, courses, and other subjects via regular email exchanges. Teen groups may visit UIC campus for special programs and tours.

What we hope to accomplish for Teen groups (classes, clubs, etc):

  • Enable H.S. students to ask questions about college experience they don't feel comfortable asking recruiters
  • Offer H.S. students a head start in the planning process to attend college.
  • Expose H.S. students to a mentoring relationship outside of their immediate environment (exposing them to different people/ideas).
  • Inform students of the many positive advantages to attending college versus other options (i.e. Dropping out of school, going straight to work right after graduating H.S., etc.)
  • Help H.S. students learn from real life examples and learn from our own past mistakes about the importance of consistently doing well in school (starting now!)
  • By sharing fun activities and exposing a youth to new experiences, a Mentor encourages positive choices, promotes self-esteem, supports academic achievement and introduces them to new ideas.
  • Help H.S students learn more about high-tech communications and improve their writing skills through weekly emails (think of it as E-Mentoring)

To connect your class with a student group at UIC, call 312-413-3599 or email