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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

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