Jacksonville DREAM Center Foundation

Type of service: Drop-in Center

What they do: provide space for youth and families to drop and learn something. Homework help, activities (fine arts, performing arts, computers, life skills all happen here, depending on the day!)

Who is eligible? Open to all junior high, high school, and post secondary youth. You can even bring your friends or family with you!

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Email or call with questions

Address: 210 W. College, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Most afternoons and evenings from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Call or email ahead of time to get matched with someone.
Phone Number: 217-473-1303

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Pregnancy Resource Center – HOPE Mentoring

Type of service: Mentoring

What they do: Match expectant mothers with a peer mentor. Mentees can receive “baby bucks” to spend in the organization’s store to obtain items for themselves or their child

Who is eligible? Open to all. All services are free.

Referral needed? No referral needed

Best way to access services: Call 245-9340 or visit website to request an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome.

Address: 1440 West Walnut, Suite A-3, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m, Wednesday and Friday by appointment only.
Phone number: 217-245-9340



Type of service: Mentoring

What they do: Group mentoring events. This program challenges youth ages 12-17 to be leaders in their school and community. Youth participate in service learning projects, tutoring, and serve as role models to other youth. The goal is to have students become lifelong scholars and leaders. GoodGuides also assists youth in finding a future career. They offer a student-athlete program, service learning, summer youth employment, career and life navigation, and mentoring.

Who is eligible? All youth ages 12-17 are welcome. Free!

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call Sam at 217-370-8357 or Ikenna at 217-789-0400.

Phone number: 217-340-8357 or 217-789-0400
Contact person: Sam Holmes, Jr. or Ikenna Martin

JAY-PRO – Jacksonville Alternatives for Youth Promoting Restorative Opportunities

Type of Service: Mentoring/Community Service Provider

What do they do: Community based program designed to provide community service hours and volunteerism opportunities to youth of Morgan county. The program promotes mentoring, support, job skill development, life skills, restorative justice, community and civic engagements.

Who is eligible: Morgan County youth between 11-21 years of age.

Referral needed? Required community service hours require a referral, volunteerism is welcome to all.

Best way to access: Call (217)-245-6000 or submit referral form

Address: 2001 West Lafayette Ave., Jacksonville, IL, 62650
Hours of operation: M-F 8:30 am – 4 pm
Community Service: M-F 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Type of service: Volunteer

What they do: Provide mentoring to kids ages 5-14. Teen mentors (ages 15-18) can be mentors for at a supervised program. Must commit to coming each week. They also need volunteers for events!

Who is eligible? Ages 15 – 18

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call 217-243-3821 for more information

Address: 110 Walnut Court Jacksonville, IL 62650
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (By request during COVID)
Phone number: 217-602-0023
Contact person: Brian Ganz


Humble Horizons 

Type of service: Activities, Mentoring, Youth Development

What they do: Student-Athlete Program, Career/Networking Program, Male Involvement Program, and Humble Horizons Sisters Circle. Host events and provide mentorship activities to youth while maintaining the core values of Humility, Unity, Maturity, Blessed, Leadership, Education.

Who is eligible? Youth and adults. Please see individual programs for targeted ages.

Referral needed? No. Just contact Sam or Terry to get started!

Best way to access services: Call or email.

Contact Person:
Samuel Holmes Jr- Email: Phone: 217-370-8357, or
Terry Grant- Email: Phone: 217-204-4991 ​
Address: P.O. Box 1382 Jacksonville, IL 62651,  Facility coming soon to the corner of Clay and Walcott!
Hours of operation: Special events only at this time, please contact Sam or Terry, or follow on Facebook for updates!

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