There are many great ways to become involved in the Teach For America community, and other mission aligned-organizations. See below for a few ideas, and check back regularly for new posts! Have an opportunity you want to share on our site? Submit it here!
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC) provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. BBBSMC makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers ("Bigs") and children ("Littles") between the ages of 7 and 14. Our mentoring programs are proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble and on the path to post-graduate success.
We are looking for volunteers across Metro Chicago to step up and become a Big Brother or Sister for a child that is waiting for another positive influence in their life. Volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do – not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. To learn more about becoming a Big, visit www.bbbschgo.org. Together, we are developing positive mentoring relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on Chicagoland youth and the communities in which they live.
College Access and Success Mentors provide support to Scholars during their senior year of high school and first year of college. Mentors serve as a member of the Scholars’ college success team by supporting them through the college admissions and financial aid process, their transition to college and through their first year in college.
Mentors are grouped in a cohort of three to four mentors, which support a group of six to seven Scholars. Mentors and Scholars attend monthly workshops together, as well as spend time together outside of workshops during the first year of the program. When the Scholars transition into their first year of college, mentors utilize a guided curriculum to virtually support them to successfully complete their first year. Click here to learn more.
the technocratic learning center
The Technocratic Learning Center (TLC) transforms young teens from Chicago’s predominantly African American,
Asian, and Latino neighborhoods into digitally literate, global citizens by fostering their curiosity and intellectual growth through fun and educational technologies. Technology is their tool, the internet their medium, and creating lifelong opportunities for students is their goal. TLC brings its mobile lessons to Chicago School’s underutilized computer labs to develop a brighter future, one student at a time.
They are looking for people with diverse skill sets to help inspire a generation of children to improve their digital literacy and become better students. For more information on how you can become involved as a volunteer facilitator, please download their flyer. Volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis.
Carpe Ventus is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating redemptive relationships through life-giving risk. They work out this vision by strengthening mentorship though sailing, kiteboarding, and windsurfing. Chicago is ideally located next to an incredible natural resource that often seems to blocked by an invisible wall. We all have an inherent need to take risks, and the goal of Carpe Ventus is to help build this need in a beneficial way that allows the youth of this city to start taking life-giving risks. These risks can lead to the entrepreneurship and innovation needed to solve some of the biggest problems in our communities. Simply put, Carpe Ventus wants to take kids off the grid and onto the water.
They are looking for volunteers who are interested in partnering with us. A range of programs is offered for people who are in mentoring relationships and are looking for opportunities to have a new experiences and build new skills. They are also looking for people to volunteer for Carpe Ventus in a wide range of roles, from sailing coach to facilitator to administrative help. Training is offered in all areas. Visit their site for more information, and any questions or comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
826CHI is a nonprofit dedicated to developing students creative and expository writing skills. Through field trips, writing workshops, in-school support and after school tutoring, they work tirelessly to help students aged 6-to-18 confidently express themselves. All of 826's programming is free, which is why volunteers are crucial to the organization's ongoing success. If you're looking for a way to connect with students in fun, meaningful ways, we hope you'll consider joining their volunteer corps. For more information on how to become involved with 826, visit their site.
CBM CARES National Mentoring Initiative
Since 1975, Concerned Black Men (CBM) has brought together caring, responsible African American men to help African American youth handle the difficult challenges they face. Their new National Mentoring Initiative provides group mentoring programs to Chicago Public Schools, and matches middle school boys with a mentor to provide one-on-one support. For more information, please visit the CBM Cares website. If you're interested in volunteering as a mentor or have questions about what's required, please reach out to the CBM Cares Chicago Program Manager, Darren Heard.
One email a week, one event a month, one more kid excited about college. The guidance of a mentor can empower a young person to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. iMentor is seeking college-educated Chicagoans to mentor students from public high schools in Chicago's low-income communities. Using iMentor’s dedicated curriculum and staff support, mentors and students work together, in-person and online, to develop strong personal relationships, nurture a college aspiration, navigate the college application process, and build critical skills that lead to college success. Mentors devote 5-6 hours per month to mentoring, sending one weekly email and attending one in-person meeting each month. Through these activities, mentors will develop a supportive mentoring relationship that will last for 3 years and guide a mentee through iMentor’s college-readiness curriculum and the college application process. This is iMentor's first year working in Chicago--we are very excited to welcome you to our Chicago mentor community! To learn more about iMentor Chicago and to sign up to be a mentor, click here.
We envision an American Dream Team – 100,000 leaders-in-the-making prepared to thrive in high-impact roles after college graduation. In this future, being from a low-income bracket, a certain race, the first in your family to go to college, etc. no longer determines access to economic opportunity. Young leaders will have the runway required to live lives of mobility and impact, wherever their stories begin.
Life is a startup. It takes individual courage and ingenuity but it also requires a community of believers. That’s why our Fellows and Leadership Coaches believe in pulling as they climb. Emboldened by their own Braven experience, they pay it forward to the next generation.
In partnership with colleges, universities, committed employers, and partner organizations, we will work toward our theory of action by contributing to, enhancing, and activating investments they are making in underrepresented young people. To learn about Braven volunteer opportunities, click here.