Parents are trained as mentors and volunteer in a classroom four times a week for at least 100 hours per semester. Parent Mentors directly support students in improving their math and literacy skills and provide additional social emotional support. This will help ensure the students' immediate and long-term success. Parent Mentors also have weekly training on literacy, computer skills, leadership and more. They also receive a modest stipend as part of their role.

Parent Mentors help to fill the equity gap by volunteering in schools and create positive change through parent engagement. This program has English and Spanish-speaking mentors and serves 600+ kindergarten through 5th-grade students at five Waukegan elementary schools.

As a result of this program, principals report a 28% improvement in reading and math scores and a decrease in dropout rates.

In partnership with HACES (Hispanic American Community Education and Services).

Additional Info

For more information, contact Gale Graves at (847) 775-1013 or

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