Brennan and Jaime
Being a PEAK mentor is highly rewarding commitment. It is an opportunity to impact a young person's life by serving as a life coach and role model. Mentoring has been shown to improve attendance, attitudes toward school and self-esteem.
Our mentors develop close relationships with their scholars that persist well beyond the high school years.
Check out PEAK's blog for mentor-scholar stories like this one about Karen and Ingrid ('19) and their mentors Brigid Daugherty Fox and Jen Allen.
Award-Winning Mentoring Program
PEAK is recognized by the National Mentoring Partnership as a Gold Star mentoring program for its adherence to mentoring best practices
PEAK is a two time winner of the Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence for mentoring
PEAK won the 2016 Impact Award for match of the year through the Illinois Mentoring Partnership
Mentors commit to work with a scholar one-on-one over the course of four years. Unlike a tutoring program that meets at the same time each week or month, you determine when and how you and your scholar spend time together.
PEAK recommends mentors spend about four hours with their scholar each month in person.
Regular communication via phone calls, text messages or email keeps the relationship going in between those visits.
PEAK hosts four to six mentor/scholar events each year to foster the mentoring relationship and develop our scholars' social awareness and interpersonal skills. Events are mandatory for scholars and highly encouraged for mentors to attend.
A written application
An interview with PEAK staff
A federal background check, State of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse check