If you could have dinner with 1 person who you regard as a leader, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with any leader it would be Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of D.C. Public School. I would like to learn how she was able to maintain resilience despite the backlash she received from her approach to education reform.

The people who have helped me grow as an individual inspire me to give back to the community by helping other individuals grow. That is what motivates me to create social impact.

Host Site Overview

Nearly 180 youth mentoring organizations, including independent agencies, school-based organizations, faith-based organizations and government and community-based organizations, are known to be operating in Illinois. While most are doing good work with the resources they have, more than 500,000 additional young people statewide could benefit from having a mentor. The Illinois Mentoring Partnership will help close this mentoring gap and will result in outcome-based returns.

Host Site Project

The New Sector Fellow will focus on community awareness engagement. In order to increase visibility and understanding of education issues, and how mentoring can improve youth outcomes, the Fellow will devote her/his time to determine how we can spread information effectively and efficiently. Specifically, the Fellow will work on written communication (newsletters), in-person communication (events), and determining how to use data to be effective (survey implementation and analyzation). After researching and testing methods, the Fellow will train and document the best practices for spreading information.