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You don’t have to be perfect to be a Big. You just have to be you. We work hard to pair Littles with Bigs who will make a great Match so right from the start you have common ground. All you have to do is explore and learn together a couple hours a month for a year. Play sports together. Go on a hike. Read books. Eat pizza with pineapple. Or just give some advice and inspiration. Whatever you enjoy, odds are you’ll enjoy it even more with your Little – and you’ll be making a life-changing impact.


You won’t have all the answers – but you don’t need to. We will support you the entire time. Your Match Support Team will guide you through any rough patches and offer ideas for building the relationship with your Little. Plus, we offer frequent Match Activities and tickets so you’ll always have something to do with your Little, even on a budget.


  • Spend 4-6 hours a month with a child
  • Make a 12-month commitment
  • Meet any program-specific requirements
  • 18 years old or older*
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Introducing Mentor 2.0

A mentoring program for Joliet Township High School District 204 students

Typically, schools employ a single college counselor who is responsible for supporting all students. With Mentor 2.0, every student in the cohort has a college graduate who works with them each week of their high school career. This provides our students with the level of personalized support necessary to ensure true college-readiness.

“This exciting, new technology-enriched mentoring program, is designed to IMPACT local high school graduation rates and BUILD crucial skills linked to college and career success for youth that might not currently have those expectations set for themselves.”

Requirements to be a mentor:

  • College Graduate (or career certified profession)

  • 21 or older

  • Reside or work in greater Joliet

  • Volunteer 4 or more hours a month

Years of service
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Matches made in 2020

Big Doug said ” Jaiden was very shy when we were first matched in September of 2017. Now that he is more comfortable around me, we can talk about a wide range of topics. He has a curious mind, and I don’t always have the answers for him, but I try! He is shaping up to be a fine young man.”

Doug, Big

Mentor2.0 is a great program to make a difference and to see them grow up and thrive. Make sure as a mentor you can commit the time required.

Sarah B. , Mentor2.0 Mentor