Breakfast Club

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Breakfast Club is a before-school mentorship program for 7th and 8th graders that provides mentoring in academics, helps build their confidence and self-esteem, and teaches skills to be successful in their transition to high school. Breakfast Club is a program of Leaders United, an affinity group of United Way of Lake County, and is in partnership with Robert Abbott Middle School in Waukegan.

Middle school is a key time for mentorship. By mid-school year, a staggering percentage of 9th graders find themselves failing in school. Mentorship programs like Breakfast Club can help to provide a steady foundation of skills to start and end the first year of high school successfully.

Breakfast Club is a great way to start the day. Each session begins with a short icebreaker to start the conversation and encourage each student to engage in a quiet dialogue with his or her mentor before moving into academic assistance.

Leaders United mentors find that the time spent with their mentees is meaningful and significant to each student's success.


"My first time mentoring with Breakfast Club was so rewarding that I decided to sign up for the next ones. It is great knowing that an hour out of your day can make a huge impact on the lives of these students. It was amazing to see how open and willing they are to connect with us. This initiative by Leaders United really transforms communities of Lake County and I can't wait for it to grow!" - Ninad Manier, ITW Construction Products

“This program is so important to me! As a Waukegan resident, I know the importance of mentoring our youth and inspiring them to relentlessly chase their dreams and goals! I’m thrilled to be a part of Leaders United!” - Anton Mathews

Additional Info

To learn more about the Breakfast Club, contact Bobbi Selvik at (847)-775-1022 or

Breakfast Club Alumni Interview

“I would describe Breakfast Club as a place of safety. Breakfast Club has really brought me out of my shy side, taught me how to be more well-rounded and given me more opportunities for my future.” - Katherine Rivas, former Breakfast Club mentee

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