Strengthening community connections by motivating and supporting students to desire achievement and self-improvement.
Cougar Community Connection (C3) is a mentoring program developed through a partnership between CPAC and Illini Central that motivates and supports students to desire achievement and self-improvement while strengthening community connections. C3 uses adult community members who commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to an Illini Central sophomore student for one school year. By becoming part of the social network of adults who care about the youth, mentors can help students develop and reach positive academic and personal goals.
Rationale for C3
If you think back to your own childhood, you may be able to recall an adult who played the role of a valuable mentor in your life. Perhaps it was one of your parents, a grandparent, aunt or uncle, or perhaps it was a teacher or a coach who took the time to talk to you and listen to you about life’s joys and challenges, and what you hoped to achieve in your life. Within our own community, there are abundant sources of life experiences that can help the students of Illini Central – that is a primary reason for developing this program.
Benefits of C3 For Students
Connection to the community
Feeling competent & accomplished
Enhanced self-image & sense of self-worth
Feeling valued & appreciated
Benefits of C3 For Mentors
Connection to the students
Better connection to the community
Satisfy your desire to give back
All participating community mentors will be required to fill out a volunteer application and will be subject to a background check.
Program Provided by Illini Central High School and CPAC