• Our Mission

     

    MENTEE provides immigrant, refugee, and low-income high school students

    with career exposure, mentorship, and support to help ensure students have what it takes to realize their dreams.

     

     

     

  • MENTEE is leveling the playing field!

    The best learning happens when devoted mentors share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the next generation. Through guidance, feedback, and reflection, MENTEEs build their own future!

     

    As a result of our cross-neighborhood cohorts, students come away with a larger view of the Chicago community and the world, and gain a circle of friends to help them as they move through high school and through life.

     

    With a variety of supports specific to the population we serve, MENTEE helps remove challenges and give our students a world of opportunity!

     

  • Who We Serve

    The student. Our sole focus is giving our students the connections and opportunities that may not naturally filter out to them. We are not about skills training that serves businesses alone—we are about experience training to serve MENTEE students.

     

    We aim to provide our MENTEEs plenty of options, valuable connections, and ample exposure in order to foster the confidence they need to make their next big move after high school.

     

  • FAQ

    Wondering what we do?

    Does MENTEE support CPS initiatives?

    Yes!

    Chicago students are now faced with the challenge of creating post-graduate plans by 2020. Among our most vulnerable populations are immigrants and refugees. We need to make sure they are supported and offered the opportunity to develop personalized plans through genuine experiences to assess real interests.

    Is MENTEE only based in Chicago?

    For now :)

    We love our city! MENTEE is looking to bring all that Chicago can teach to other parts of the country and world. We want to share these best practices of support and guidance with needing students globally. Let us know if you would like to be a part of that growth!

    Are MENTEEs placed into an apprenticeship program?

    No!

    MENTEE aims to provide work-based learning exposure to teens. We do not wish to lock students into any one career path, or enter students into long-term agreements with businesses. Our students get to explore the career options around them, learn what's possible, and decide for themselves, based on reflection and feedback, where to go next. The main goal of our program is exposure to a variety of workspaces while offering the support they need to succeed in life!

    How does MENTEE specifically support immigrant and refugee students?

    We're glad you asked!

    We have created a program that gives immigrant and refugee students the language and literacy, social-emotional, and community resources and supports they need to flourish. Our learners are particularly vulnerable, but have so much to offer! By providing mentorship and sharing networks, giving exposure to cross-sector experiences, fostering skills, and supporting identity, MENTEEs find barriers brought down and the world brought to their doorstep!

    How can I get involved to support MENTEE?

    We're flattered you like us!

    Would you like to become a mentor? Are you interested in partnering? Can you help support us in another way? Just let us know :)

    Click here to connect with us!

    What's with your logo?

    It's awesome, isn't it?

    Our logo icon is a West African symbol (adinkra) that means, "He who does not know can know from learning." It's a symbol that represents knowledge, life-long education and continued quest for knowledge.