The mentor program of Champaign-Urbana's public schools

Each month we will be highlighting mentors throughout our Champaign/Urbana districts.  These are the faces of community members who are giving a hour of their time per week to meet, have fun, and make a positive impact on the lives of our children.  We are so grateful for each of them and all they do---join the ranks of some awesome people who dare to "be the change". 

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." -Ghandi

Mentor Spotlight - September 2017 
Mentor Name: Cheryl Van Ness
School you mentor at:  Novak Academy
Grade:  12th Grade
How long:  9 years
What inspired you to become a mentor? : I had retired from a full time job and knew that I had time to devote an hour of my time to a child.
What is your favorite aspect of mentoring?:  Watching her grow into an adult and how it is easier to talk between the 2 of us on lots of subjects.
Why do you think others should mentor?:  Most of the mentees need to know that they have an adult they can talk to and someone that will listen, too.