What We Do
MENTEE offers life-changing work experiences, creates strong mentor-mentee relationships, shares professional specialists with our students, and provides supports for success!
MENTEE's program spans the school year. We offer one-on-one mentoring, cross-sector job shadows, and a variety of supports specific to our students needs. MENTEE students are welcomed into cross-neighborhood, cross-sector cohorts. Each mentee attends three workshops that offer exposure to high-level officials, provide professional training, and give time to reflect with their mentors. Our mentees can share their voice through MENTEE Magazine, published online by Chicago Roar, a fully student-run media production company in Chicago's Austin neighborhood. Our publication not only promotes English literacy, but also the many languages and shares the rich cultures of our students. MENTEEs leave our program with a larger network, having gained professional skills and understanding, with a clearer view of their own interests and opportunities, and a better sense of themselves and their future!
We work with schools, businesses, and organizations throughout Chicago and beyond. Partner with us as a company or institution that welcomes our mentees, as another nonprofit who feels our collaboration would improve the lives of our students, their families and the community, or as an in-kind or financial supporter to help MENTEE keep offering thier program. We know there is something you can do to help! Contact us :)
Become a MENTEE Mentor!
Our mentors don't just show our students around their office, they show students what their work-life balance is like, how they approach problems at work, and share how they got to where they are today. Mentoring is one-on-one and virtual, with in-person experiences during our two required workshops and three full-day job shadows. You have so much to give, and our students need you. If you're interested in becoming a mentor, click here!
We have answers!
Does MENTEE support CPS initiatives?
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 each student is supported! MENTEE offers the opportunity to develop personalized plans through first-hand experiences so mentees can assess their interests and leave with the skills and motivation to build their own future!
Does MENTEE only serve Chicago students?
For now :)
We love our city! MENTEE is looking to serve all of Chicago students who need us and bring what Chicago can teach to other parts of the country and world. We want to share best practices of support and guidance. Let us know if you would like to be a part of that growth!
How does MENTEE address the root causes of the challenges you support?
In many ways!
MENTEE shares the challenges our students face and the benefits they bring to our society through campaigns, local, national and international talks and collaboration, assessment and sharing of our impact, through the creation of partnerships with local, national and international stakeholders, and by developing national and global programming to affect long-lasting change for immigrants & refugees locally and far beyond our borders.
How does MENTEE specifically support immigrant and refugee students?
We're glad you asked!
In addition to MENTEE job shadows and mentorship , we offer supports to help our mentees with their unique needs. MENTEE reinforces English language learning and our students bilingual and multicultural experience, offers social-emotional development, and bilingual mental health support. Though our mentees need extra help, each student has so much to offer! We bring a world of hope and opportunity to our students!
What's with your logo?
It's awesome, isn't it?
Our logo icon is a West African symbol (adinkra) and translated 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. We infuse exposure to learning and exploration into our program, and our vision, structure, and actions are all deeply rooted in valuing the diversity and rich cultural backgrounds of our students.
What's with your logo?
It's awesome, isn't it?
Our logo icon is a West African symbol (adinkra) and translated 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. We infuse exposure to learning and exploration into our program, and our vision, structure, and actions are all deeply rooted in valuing the diversity and many rich cultures of our students.