The Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program (GLP), formerly the IIT Boeing Scholars Academy, has exciting volunteer opportunities for adult professionals and undergraduate students who are interested in mentoring diverse, high-achieving high school juniors. GLP aims to inspire students to lead and serve their communities through STEM and access higher education. Community Innovation Project Mentors support our scholars as they work in small teams to develop and implement a solution to a social issue in their community that they are passionate about.

Global Leaders Program: Community Service and Leadership

As individuals and as a group, GLP Scholars are committed to giving back and to improving the lives of others. As part of the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program’s Summer Session, Scholars collaborate in teams to develop and propose a Community Innovation Project of their own design to be implemented in their communities over the next year (July 2016-June 2017).

What are Community Innovation Projects?

Community Innovation Projects are student-driven projects that allow Scholars to address a real-world issue in their community that is important to them. This unique experience empowers our Scholars to become agents of change and develop as leaders. Innovation Project topics for the current 2015-2016 academic year include educating teens on energy consumption, preventing youth violence in Chicago through interactive dialogue, and increasing access to the STEM fields for girls and women.

You can read more about this year’s projects here

Team Together Chicago has facilitated workshops for over 200+ high school students on violence prevention

What are Project Mentor expectations?

  • Mentor and advise a team of 6-8 Scholars as they identify objectives, create a budget and project plan, find outside resources, and implement solutions
  • Lead Project Mentors commit an average of 10 hours per month (August 2016-May 20167)
  • Assistant Project Mentors commit an average of 5 hours per month
  • Attend monthly workshops at Illinois Tech; first Sunday afternoon of every month
  • Communicate and meet independently with the group as needed
  • Update program staff with group progress and challenges
  • Draw upon their own experiences to foster and inspire GLP Scholars’ academic and social growth
  • Serve as a positive role model

What are the benefits of becoming a Project Mentor?

  • Help teens develop as leaders
  • Make a positive impact in Chicago communities
  • Receive professional development, training, and mentorship orientation
  • Connect with and receive support from mentors from across the city
  • Have fun and learn from Scholars, fellow mentors, and program staff!


The mentor application for the 2016-2017 academic year is now open! You can complete the application here.

Questions about becoming a GLP Project Mentor can be directed to Charlie Lindquist at | 312.350.5591

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Team Eco Warriors & their mentors on Presentation Day.

For complete volunteering opportunities, see our Get Involved! page.