Be in any grade between grades 6 through 12 and enrolled in school.
Live in the City of Chicago in the Austin neighborhood.
Youth need to fit into one of the following categories:
Deemed academically off track according to CPS;
Have low school attendance (missed more than 40% of the academic school year);
Have between 1-3 in-school disciplinary infractions;
Have limited police involvement (fewer than 3 arrests);
Have heightened exposure to violence/trauma based on their residency in community areas that have experience high rates of gun violence and homicides.
*Youth with all kinds of disabilities are
welcome and encouraged to apply.
Visit the mentee application page and start your paperwork online, download and fill out the paperwork in the ‘Resources’ section of this page, or send an email to our Youth Team
We’ll contact you with next steps. Sometimes it can take a little while before we can pair you with a mentor. Please be patient. We do our best to find you a mentor match quickly. Once we have processed your paperwork, you’re welcome to attend the monthly DJMC meetings at Access Living even if you haven’t been paired with a mentor yet.
Meet with the DJMC coordinator for an in-person interview. This person will also ensure you are not on the sex offenders list.
Use and honor disability-positive language and respectfully interact with people from all walks of life
Commit to participating in the DJMC program for one year
Commit to meeting with your mentee for five hours per month during that year
Commit to helping youth improve in an area of concern (e.g. increased school attendance, improved academics) and be willing to work as a cohort, and be connected to teachers and student’s support network.
To get started, visit the mentor application page and start your paperwork online, download and fill out the paperwork in the ‘Resources’ section of this page, or send an email to our Youth Team
DJMC group meetings
DJMC meets as a group the second Saturday of every month.
When: 12 to 2 p.m.
Where: Virtual location such as Zoom
Who: All DJMC mentors and mentees
Things to know: Lunch is served at each group meeting. A different topic is covered every month. We host speakers, hold discussions, and/or engage in activities as a group.