Mentorship Opportunities Available

New Horizon Mentorship Program

Are you interested in helping combat disengagement and dropout rates among youth who may be from undeserved communities?  Become a New Horizons Mentor and do just that!  New Horizon Mentors are matched with a 6th, 7th or 8th grade student to help them connect to their schoolwork, motivate, and increase the students’ performance in school.  You will meet with your student at the Gads Hill Center in the Pilsen neighborhood (right off the pink line), once per week for two hours at a time.  The New Horizon Mentorship program will not only look great on your resume, but you will be positively impacting the community by providing social-emotional and academic support to students who need it.

Spark Mentorship Program

The Spark program and their volunteers work to keep our 7th and 8th grade youth in school and engaged in class.  By volunteering only two hours, once a week, you will be matched with a student at the Roosevelt University campus you will help these students reach the tremendous potential they are capable of.  This opportunity will be a great resume booster as well as being a positive influence on society!

Roosevelt University Community Members: An Opportunity to Live Our Social Justice Mission

Interested in tutoring a child in reading? Opportunities will be available beginning in October through the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation (MISJT) We are partnering again this year with a community organization, WITS, in order to provide educational support to fourth and fifth graders from high needs areas.

Youth will be coming to the Chicago Campus every Tuesday and need mentorship and help to increase their reading skills in order to succeed in school. Members of the Roosevelt community, including faculty, administrators and students, are invited to join us for this worthwhile experience. (We encourage faculty members to reach out to their students about this opportunity)

This on-Campus opportunity provides volunteers with a chance to share their love of learning with a child, and for that child to connect with faculty, students, and staff at Roosevelt. A WITS program Coordinator and a MISJT staff member will be on site at each session. WITS will provide a training (no previous experience required) plus all books and materials, and transportation for the students.

Start Date: September 30, 2014
Location: Chicago Campus Auditorium Building, Room 320
Time: Tuesdays. 3:33-4:30
For more information contact the Mansfield Institute at:

Troy Withers, current Mansfield Institute intern and peace keeper, unveils his “Peace Diet” at Morrill Elementary School.

Troy Withers, current Mansfield Institute intern and peace keeper, unveils his “Peace Diet” at Morrill Elementary School.

Rafael Castaneda, Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award Honorable Mention.

Rafael Castaneda, Matthew Freeman Social Justice Award Honorable Mention.

Opening comments at the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Summit

DMC is generally defined as the phenomenon of Black and Latino youth coming in contact with the criminal justice system in far greater numbers than they represented in the general population. This video features our opening comments and presentations: “What is Disproportionate Minority Contact?” -Mack McGee and JDAI and “Current Policy Efforts in Cook County” -Miquel Lewis

A Summit Counsel for Children during Police Interrogations

A Summit Counsel for Children during Police Interrogations

Dr. Bryan Hogeveen from the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


MARCH 27, 2014 AT 4:30PM

Through a Violent Lens: Colonialism and Violent Youth

From where does youth violence emerge? Why are so many marginalized young people’s biographies told through a violent lens? In this talk, Dr. Hogeveen explores how violence lives are constituted at the apex of structural and micro conditions that become folded into the individual. Drawing on his years of research in two of Canada’s toughest inner cities (Edmonton and Winnipeg), he demonstrates how violent role models, severe substance abuse, extreme poverty, and a dearth of restorative and hospitable resources provide the backdrop against which violence is manifested. Dr. Hogeveen maintains that coming to grips with the impact of racism(s) and colonialism is fundamental to a nuanced and robust understanding of youth violence. 

Dr. Bryan Hogeveen joined the Department of Sociology at the University of Alberta in 2002. He is co-author (along with his wife Dr. Joanne Minaker, MacEwan University) of Youth, Crime and Society: Issues of Power and Justice (2009). He has published widely on his academic interests, which include: justice, violence, epistemology, youth crime, martial arts in/and society, continental philosophy, and the sociology of sport.

He is the editor-in-chief of the international interdisciplinary journal Societies ( His Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada-funded research project examines the impact of governmental economic restructuring on the marginalized inner-city residents of Edmonton and Winnipeg.  Dr. Hogeveen has a forthcoming book with McGill-Queen’s press called Cold Cities: Care and Control in the Inner City (with Dr. Andrew Woolford, University of Manitoba). He is the father of 3 incredible children, coaches hockey and teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling at the University of Alberta. 


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