Launched in August 2015, the Mayor's Mentoring Challenge is a two-year initiative seeking 1,000 residents to serve as new mentors for Chicago’s youth.  This call to action will pair at-risk youth across the city with a qualified mentor to provide enrichment and guidance opportunities that are critical to each and every child’s development and success.

Mayor Emanuel is partnering with the Illinois Mentoring Partnership to urge Chicagoans to volunteer their time, values, knowledge, or a skill – and ensure all of our youth have the tools and support they need to succeed and reach their full potential. 

The Mayor's Mentoring Challenge builds on the success of existing mentoring programs across Chicago which have for years provided youth opportunities in every neighborhood, but that are still seeking additional mentors to reach many more youth in need of these opportunities. 

Residents interested in becoming a mentor may sign-up through the One Good Deed Chicago Website or via the Illinois Mentoring Partnership.  

  • To register as a volunteer with OGDC, visit HERE.
  • To search mentor opportunities, visit HERE.
  • To search organizations, visit HERE.


Nonprofit Organizations

If you are a nonprofit organization and interested in recruiting qualified mentors for your program, please find more information on how to register and post volunteer opportunities HERE.


Corporate Partnerships

Corporate partners have committed approximately 250 employees to serve as new mentors this fall, providing a down payment on the two-year goal of 1,000 new mentors over the next two years. These mentors may serve independently through a participating nonprofit organization or host mentees onsite at the business location in collaboration with an existing mentoring program.  

  • Accenture
  • CDW
  • Comcast/NBCUniversal
  • ComEd
  • Exelon
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Manpower
  • Northern Trust

Corporate partners interested in participating in the Mayor's Mentoring Challenge may contact