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Youth Mentoring

A great way to help out today's youth is to just spend time with them. Many young people today lack that connection to someone else (whether it be a mentor, relative, or close friend) to help through the difficult times of growing up. As a college student, being able to directly influence youth about something that you have recently experienced is impactful and another way to make a difference!

For more information about these organizations, please contact our office at 217-581-3967 or email

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Being a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Whether it's becoming a school based mentor and seeing your "Little" during their lunch hour or being a community based mentor and taking them to the park, you'll find that the time is well worth it. Becoming a Big does require a commitment to developing a friendship. Located at 825 18th St., Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed to become mentors or assist with other programming offered through this agency.

Contact Person: Jill Schafer
Telephone: 217-348-8741

Amigos and Friends

Amigos and Friends is a volunteer opportunity coordinated through the Student Volunteer Center at Newman Catholic Center. Come help a Latino student or community member while making a new friend at the same time! Volunteers are needed on Mondays and Tuesdays from 10-11:30 pm.
Contact Persons: Emily Davis/Doris Nordin Telephone: 217-348-0188 Website:

Mattoon YMCA

The YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) celebrated its 150-year anniversary in 2001. Our Mattoon YMCA opened its doors in February 1988 after being chartered in 1982. The YMCA has a rich heritage, a Christian mission, and a tradition of values.

Volunteers are needed as youth sport coaches, help coordinate teen programming, fold and label newsletters and assist with special events.

Contact Person: Blake
Telephone: 217-235-YMCA (9622)

Charleston Parks and Recreation

Provides skills, instruction and games that allow boys and girls to participate in a team-oriented sport in order to promote sportsmanship, cooperation, self-improvement, and self esteem. Includes many different programs including but not limited to: Charleston Baseball Association, Charleston Girls’ softball Association, Kids Wrestling, and a Dog Activity Club. 520 Jackson Ave, Charleston, IL.

Volunteers are needed as youth sport coaches, help coordinate teen programming, aid in special events, and additional office tasks.

Contact Person: Brian Jones, Director
Telephone: 217-345-6897

Girls on the Run

Want to help change lives here in Coles County? Coaches are the heart and sole of our program, and are the amazing individuals who have the chance to impact the lives of girls here in our community! Being a Coach is AMAZING for you and the girls. Girls on the Run is a 10 week program. It starts the week of September 10th and goes through the week of November 12. If you are ready to change lives, then this is the volunteer opportunity for you!

Volunteers would need to donate roughly 5 hours a week on either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday for 90 minutes each lesson (typically between 3p-5p). Volunteers will also need to be CPR Certified (training is provided if you are not already) as well as attend a coaches training.

Contact Person: Sarah Dowell
Telephone: 217-234-9494

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