Parent Mentor Program

Do you want to learn more about the U.S. public school system?

Can you participate in a 3 Day training session in October?

Are you available Friday mornings from 9a-11a?

Are you available 2hrs each day, 3 days per week to volunteer working with a teacher?

If you answered yes to those questions, you could be a part of the ELL Parent Mentor Program!


The Parent Mentor Program is a nationally recognized parent engagement model that builds deep and lasting relationships between students, teachers, and parents. 

HOW IT WORKS: Community organizers partner with schools to recruit approximately 8 parents per school to assist teachers two hours every day.  Before entering the classroom, parent mentors participate in week-long leadership training. Parents are then assigned to a classroom (not their own child’s) where they are mentored by a teacher and work one-on-one and in small groups with children.  After reaching 100 volunteer hours, parent mentors receive a stipend.

INTENSIVE PARENT TRAINING:  Parent mentors gain an insider’s understanding of the school system and strengthen skills they need to support their children throughout school. In turn, parent mentors become advocates for community resources and share their skills with neighbors.  The program can also offer a pathway to bilingual teaching and other careers.

SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN EARLY GRADES:  Parent mentors specifically address the needs of primary students, many of whom need extra support in grades Pre-K-3 because they are gaining literacy in two languages. 


The program runs October through February every school year. If you have children in primary school in Skokie and would like more information about the program, please call the ELL Parent Center at: 847-568-7611.

“The PMP help me first to overcome my fears and get out of my comfort zone to push myself in a way to achieve my goals. Also allowed me to learn about the school system and have more confidence to talk to teachers and administrators, as well as the respect and appreciation for other countries and cultures.”       -Liliana

“This is my 2nd year with the Parent Mentor Program and I absolutely love it! The PMP has help me learn about my community and meet my neighbors. I have also learned many ways to help my children with their homework and make learning FUN!” - Debbie


Parent Mentor Program Presentation

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