Parent Mentor Program

SSIP is a community-based organization in the state partnering with local schools to recruit and train parents to assist teachers in the classroom. Parent volunteers, referred to as parent mentors, are assigned to a classroom (not their own child’s) where they are mentored by a teacher to work one-on-one and in small groups with children.

This program benefits the teachers, the parents and ultimately the students. Parent mentors provide extra eyes, ears and hands in the classroom.  In addition, parent mentors can help connect the school to the community by drawing on the strengths of neighborhood families.

Our Parent Mentor Program is at J.R. Tibbott, Independence, and Jonas E. Salk Elementary Schools in Bolingbrook, IL.

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

If you are interested in becoming a parent mentor or would like to volunteer please contact our lead coordinator Isabel Diaz at or (708) 244-0018.

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