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Nominate Volunteers for the Govenor's Volunteer Service Awards
Applications Due Feburary 17, 2017

Award WinnerServe Illinois presents the Governor's Volunteer Service Awards. These awards recognize in​dividual volunteers through a statewide award program to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois.

Awards are given to one youth, adult, senior, AmeriCorps Member, Senior Corps volunteer, and business in each of Illnois' five regions.

Winners of the awards will be honored at a special ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield on April 25, 2017.

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Governor Rauner Proclaims January Mentoring Month

Mentoring Month ProclamationJanuary is Mentoring Month in Illinois. Over 400 programs in Illinois work to provide tens of thousands of youth with mentors. Those youth are 52% less likely to skip school, 46% less likely to use illegal drugs, 27% less likely to start drinking, and are more likely to make positive plans for their futures.

Mentoring works! Unfortunately, only 3% of youth in Illinois are currently served by a mentoring program. Hundreds of thousands of our youth need positive role models in their lives. Even if you only have one hour a week to volunteer, you can serve as a mentor. That one hour, or more, dedicated to a child can change their life forever. All you need to do is volunteer!

For more information on how you can volunteer to be a mentor, visit www.ILMentoring.org.

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Volunteer of the Week

Imani Lewis

Imani LewisImani Lewis is a great mentor because she cares about the whole girl. She joined Ladies of Virtue (LOV) because she felt like she wanted to share so many of her lessons learned and help mentor young ladies in areas that we don't typically learn in school. This is her calling.

Imani is the mentor of Destinee Bronson and has mentored her for two years. Before joining LOV, Destinee had just suffered a tragic loss when her brother was sent to jail. During her first year of LOV, Destinee was rather quiet and reserved. Imani has been a positive role model in Destinee’s life. She has participated at her prom, graduation, trunk party and she visited Destinee during her first year of college. Imani goes above and beyond what LOV requires of their mentors and has truly been life changing in Destinee’s life. Imani has taught Destinee how to make good decisions, always be prepared and to stand on strong values.

Imani Lewis has been a constant figure in Destinee's life since becoming her mentor. She has displayed sincerity when it comes to Destinee. Imani helped prepare Destinee for college by asking her to send her copies of her essays for scholarships to make sure she was answering the questions correctly. She even helped prepare Destinee for scholarship interviews. Imani actually spends quality time with Destinee as well. They go shopping, out to dinner, and even have sleepovers.

Imani Lewis displays leadership qualities, and Destinee looks up to her. She sees a young woman who has a career, her own house, and a car. Imani ensures that Destinee gives back to her community by having her do community service together. I also love our Imani incorporates Destinee’s mom in mentoring as well. Imani is also family oriented and is successful. Now, Destinee is on the right path in her first year in college and she credits her success to her mentor, Imani Lewis.

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Upcoming Events

1/1-31/2017​ National Mentoring Month
2/7/2017​ Serve Illinois Commission Meeting Springfield and Chicago (Location TBD)
1pm-4pm

Meetings are open to the public. For more information, please email us.
2/17/2017​ Nominations Due for Governor's Volunteer Service Awards
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