In the News
The Oak Park River Forest
Community Foundation (OPRFCF) has committed $10,000 over two years to start an
Oak Park/Forest Park Neighborhood Mentoring Program in the OPRF community. This
new mentoring program will serve middle school youth from low income families
in Oak Park, Forest Park and River Forest.
“The Oak Park Community is very diverse and rich in culture and
history. We have been proudly serving this area for almost 50 years and this
new award will allow us to launch a new Site based mentoring program that will
serve 20 additional area children with high quality, professionally supported
Mentors from the Oak Park Community Says CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters
of Metropolitan Chicago(BBBSMC), Art Mollenhauer.
The mission of this Neighborhood
Mentoring Program is to support the youth who come from a different economic
background compared to many of their peers. Our vision is that all children
achieve success in life, regardless of the zip code or street they grew up on.
Residents from the West suburbs have consistently inquired about becoming a Big
Brother or Sister in recent years, but have never had a Site Based Program in
the area. This Neighborhood Mentoring Program plans to open new volunteer
opportunities for prospective mentors that live in the area or pass Oak Park as
they commute to and from work in the city of Chicago. This two year grant from
OPRFCF allows for financial stability to start a new Neighborhood Mentoring
Program and gives BBBSMC credibility in the community to find additional
investors. BBBSMC program staff are currently vetting community centers and
other site locations for the program and have started to meet with community
leaders and school administrators for a winter program launch. If you are
interested in learning more about becoming a mentoring in the Oak Park/Forest
Park Neighborhood Mentoring Program please contact Lisa Jerzyk, Manager of
Customer Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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