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New mentoring program comes to Joliet Township High School

11/15/2013, 8:29 a.m.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties has introduced mentor2.0 – a technology-driven, e-mail supported one-to-one youth mentoring ...
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO Charles Pierson discusses the new program at a press conference earlier this week.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties has introduced mentor2.0 – a technology-driven, e-mail supported one-to-one youth mentoring program that directly focuses on local high school students. Through partnerships with Joliet Township High School District 204, ExxonMobil and Big Brothers Big Sisters, mentor2.0 will launch in fall 2014.

The program supports high-impact mentoring relationships, aimed at providing high school students with the support and guidance they need to graduate high school, succeed in college and join the workforce. Big Brothers Big Sisters is offering this alternative to traditional mentoring for local companies that want to do more than only make a donation.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO Charles Pierson called the program a “game changer.”

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to helping all children achieve success in life and that requires looking at new ways of mentoring that fit the times and lifestyles of our volunteers and the youth we are serving,” he said. “This technology based mentoring program, mentor2.0, is digital- a format young people use every day and it provides an opportunity for the busiest professional to be a mentor.”

The JTHS Strategic Plan has charged the school district with implementing innovative plans to motivate and engage students through partnerships with mentors who can emphasize the value of education. JTHS has the framework in place to make the program a success due to the Strategic Plan, which has also led to the implementation of district’s one-to-one technology program that will provide all JTHS students with netbook computers by the start of the 2014-2015 school year, allowing 24/7 access to their education.

“With today’s access to technology, opportunities are available to our students that were never possible before,” Supt. Cheryl McCarthy said. “We are excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters and ExxonMobil to provide quality mentors for our students. Mentor2.0 truly sets the stage for a new culture of innovation that will motivate our students as they connect with mentors that can provide wisdom, support and encouragement on a regular basis.”

“This state of the art technology-based mentoring program maintains the fundamentals of safety and quality mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters is known for, but provides an ideal opportunity for companies and businesses to get involved,” said Lisa Morel Las, CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, “We are proud to have ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery as our first corporate supporter for this initiative. To have an innovative corporate leader at the table that recognizes the value and benefit of mentoring is extremely promising for our future growth in serving even more children through this groundbreaking program.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters will begin recruiting participating companies and mentors with the launch of the program in the fall of 2014. Big Brothers Big Sisters is offering this alternative to traditional mentoring for local companies that want to do more than only make a donation. To take part in mentor2.0 visit www.bbbswillgrundy.org/mentor2.0 or call (815) 723-BBBS.