Volunteer opportunity description

Young Adult Mentoring Program

Meet regularly and build a relationship with a refugee young adult (19-24). Assist with learning English, adapting to the United States, exploring education and career opportunities, and goal setting. Mentees may be attending high school or working, so sessions are conducive to the mentor and mentee’s schedule. Most of our mentees live in the neighborhoods of West Ridge, Rogers Park, or Evanston. Mentors can meet at the mentee’s house, and sometimes take trips for recreational or educational activities.

We looking for mentors from diverse backgrounds and make matches based off skillset. For more information, reach out directly to alwilson@heartlandalliance.org.


Time commitment and requirements:

  • Must commit to mentoring for at least one full year, which starts when you are matched with your mentee.
  • Must meet with your mentee at least twice a month for at least two hours each session (4 hours a month) and communicate all mentoring activities with Heartland staff.
  • Complete an online background check, the cost is around $18 and must be covered by the mentor.
  • Be screened through the National Sex Offenders Public Website and the Illinois Child Abuse & Neglect Tracking System.
  • Complete online training on recognizing and reporting child abuse (Mandated Reporter).

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Refugee & Immigrant Community Services

Alyssa Wilson
Volunteer Coordinator
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