Be the change. Volunteer and make a difference. Right here. Right now.
You can be a Guiding Light
Ignite someone's life. Illuminate someone's path. Show someone their potential
Guiding Lights is an internal program of do-over.me, which is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit located in Geneva, who provides its services on a sliding scale as a career/community center for people that are unemployed, underemployed, or unhappily employed.
The Guiding Lights program is an internal support network for our members which partners them with volunteers who act as “a friend, mentor, and advocate.” This unique relationship is designed to help illuminate each member’s innate potential for positive change and provide practical tools that they can develop to use on their career/life journey.
Who is a "Guiding Light" and Why is it important?
A Guiding Light is a "Friend," a personal companion and a point of contact who will support our members on their do-over transformation. As a trusted advisor, a Guiding Light will act as a "Mentor" helping guide our members through the do-over process. Most importantly, a Guiding Light will "advocate" by encouraging and representing the best interests of our members in our community.
Guiding Lights represent the core values and concepts of do-over.me by meeting our members where they are. By adopting a "growth mindset," they can pass on their experiences to our members allowing them to learn, grow, and achieve success in today's fast-paced job market. By offering our members "hope" Guiding Lights, light the way for members to learn to believe in themselves and move forward with confidence and "GRIT" guts, resilience, initiative, and tenacity.
Here is what our Foundational "Guiding Lights" have to say about their experiences . . .
Courtney Powell's experience as a Guiding Light:
“We all need support in making a fresh start in some way at some point in life. From the moment I learned what do-over. me was about, I knew I wanted to be a part of the work of helping others make that fresh start.”
Kimberle Byrne's experience as a Guiding Light:
"I've been a fan and friend of do-over.me since I first was introduced to Cynthia and her program a couple of years ago. When I heard about the new Guiding Lights program, I was intrigued with the opportunity to be a touch-point and mentor to someone working the programs of do-over.me. I've recently been paired with a do-over.me Tribe member and have had the opportunity to get to know her and her children a little better over the last few weeks. Having someone, outside of your family and immediate circle, you can reach out to with questions, concerns and to bounce ideas off of is a valuable asset. I look forward to watching her grow and spread her wings even more."
The Guiding Light Interns:
Brandon Strickland, a first-year student at Adler University, is majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is working on his Social Justice Practicum. Brandon resides in Bartlett. Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the Guiding Lights program.
Nanette Shepardson, a second-year student at Adler University, is majoring in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is working on her Social Justice Practicum. Nanette resides in Wheaton. Contact her by email at email@example.com for more information on the Guiding Lights program.