DREAAM Success Bound Program is a pre-kindergarten to college pipeline (P16) initiative aimed at cultivating academic excellence and positive citizenship. At the early prevention stage, boys learn the importance of being a positive member of a community, importance of academic achievement, effective communication, behavioral health, and building shared goals.

Designed to increase achievement and life opportunities, the mission is addressed through five core components:

OUR COMMUNITY CHALLENGE

Single mothers are crying out for male mentors for their sons. We need community-based programs to prevent gang involvement and violence in our schools and neighborhoods.  

OUR CHANGE

As we approach National Mentoring Month in January, we hope you will join the #100BoysMatter Mentoring Movement designed to nurture the potential of our boys and young men in Champaign County. Our mission is to connect positive, caring men with boys to form small mentoring groups and relationships. We envision relationships that will strengthen the 6 Essential Life Skills that children need to develop and thrive in our community.  

Frequently Asked Questions:

How does the program work?   

We will create teams with a ratio of 2 mentors to 5 boys based on special interests, such as Technology, Sports and Fitness, Outdoors and Nature, and Creative Arts. We aim to use a life-coaching approach rather than the traditional mentor/mentee structure. Our mentors will “coach” and build relationships with boys by introducing, demonstrating, and reinforcing essential life skills while engaging in experiential learning and activities.  

What are the 6 Essential Life Skills?  

The 6 Essential Life Skills are: Attachment, Belonging, Self-Regulation, Collaboration, Conflict-Resolution, and Contribution. For more information, please click here.

What characteristics are you looking for in a mentor?   

Mentors must be conscientious, dependable, flexible, non-judgmental and positive.

Are you only looking for male mentors?   

Mothers and DREAAM boys have requested male mentors, therefore our preference is to engage and equip men in this movement. However, if there are women interested, we will find a way to incorporate their passion. Every caring heart is critical to strengthening our boys’ village.  

Is there training involved and a background check?  

Yes, there is a required 4-hour training with lunch. The training will cover information on trauma-informed mentoring, designing intentional activities, and strategies to engage with boys. In addition, mentors must complete a background check prior to the training.    

What is the expected time commitment?  

Our boys need committed men in their lives. Therefore, we are requesting a commitment of one hour per week for 12 months, at minimum. Scheduling is based on your availability.  

When will this program start?  

The goal is to start in mid-January after training is completed.  

Can I mentor with another adult who I already know?   

Absolutely! Our goal is to form strong mentoring teams, dependent on the needs of the program. We see the benefits of two adults with an existing relationship working together to enrich the experiences of our boys.

 

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