Match Up! Program

The teen years can be challenging, exciting, productive and complicated.  HPNC’s Match Up! Mentoring Program provides support for at-risk youth in Hyde Park by combining one-on-one mentoring matches with after-school and summer drop-in programming.

The foundation of our program is the adult-youth mentoring matches.  Each mentor acts as an adult friend and sounding board in order to assist mentees with reaching their personalized goals. Our programming hours provide mentees with academic support, a safe place to engage in creative and athletic activities, as well as the opportunity to participate in interpersonal skills training and community service projects.

To expose our mentees to realms outside of their own experiences, we engage in monthly group field trips throughout Chicago. We also provide weekly career talks that demonstrate the abundance of career paths open and available to them.

The Match Up! Mentoring program offers our teens a safe space to discuss health and community related topics in our weekly Safe Circles, which also provides them with the opportunity to take on leadership roles as circle keepers.

Overall, our program works to address the individualized needs of each mentee through our mentoring matches and programming activities.

2018-19 Match Up! Registration Form

Completed registration forms may be returned to HPNC front desk, faxed to 773-643-4262.

Phone: 773.643.4062

Match Up! Mentoring Program

Program Description The purpose of Match Up! is to engage youth ages 12-18 with support and activities that will significantly improve their academic achievement and social skills while minimizing exposure to illicit activity.
Targeted Population Middle and high school students ages 12 – 18
Program Time Tuesdays – Thursdays 3:30-6:30  pm (school-year hours)
Activities Meet new friends from neighborhood schools while participating in physical, team-building activities, “Lawyers in the Classroom” with Neighbors from the UChicago Law School, weekly Career Talks, and community Safe Circles.
Educational Homework help
Community Service Project–based activities, e.g. coordinating/cooking a meal at the Ronald McDonald House, Canned Food Drive, Clothing Drive, volunteering at HPNC’s annual Gala and Pancake Breakfast.
College Readiness Help with college admission applications, FAFSA grants, scholarships & loans, and college tours.
Career Development Weekly career talks and job shadowing and visits