Welcome to Lincoln Land Community College’s Open Door Mentorship Program, where we are excited about improving the lives of African-American males. Our intent is to invest in the education of African-American males through the program. Participants are presented with opportunities to become academically successful at LLCC while on and off campus.
Our investment in the Open Door Mentorship Program is not only confined to the classroom. Under the guidelines of Lincoln Land Community College and The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Initiatives, we have been commissioned to improve the persistence, retention and completion of African- American male students.
“The program will provide minority male students with strategic opportunities to ‘try on’ various careers that exist within our community,” said Chamber President and CEO Chris Hembrough. “The opportunities will result in internships through local businesses and organizations, provide a combination of academic and business mentoring, and ultimately lead to employment opportunities related to the career path they have both discovered and decided to pursue.”
We believe that our program is unique and offers several opportunities. If you are looking to be challenged academically and changed inwardly then the Open Door Program is for you.
Open Door was envisioned and established through a partnership of Lincoln Land Community College and the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and grew out of the “Grow Our Own” program, a partnership of Hanson Professional Services, Inc., the City of Springfield and Sangamon County. In this video, Sergio “Satch” Pecori, chairman and CEO of Hanson Professional Services, Inc., talks about the successful Grow Our Own program and how it provided a model for the Open Door program.
The Open Door Program offers the following services to all members:
Mentoring Discussion Groups
Workshops Enrichment/Social Events
Field Trips Academic Advising
Mission of the Open Door Mentoring Program
The mission of the Open Door Mentoring Program is to positively impact African- American male persistence, retention and completion at Lincoln Land Community College. Through the application of academic, career and social/emotional enrichment, Open Door mentoring men will successfully take the first step on their educational journey while being groomed for the next level.
Vision of the Open Door Mentoring Program
To create an environment of academic success for African-American males through encouragement, holistic enrichment, acceleration, professional networks, leadership development and academic support and guidance.
Open Door Events
- Focus group for black college males
- Professional Networking
- Financial Literacy
- Do’s and Don’ts of Professional Dress
- Guest Speaker
- Stop Not Snitching: an open discussion about violence and your responsibility to the community
- Political Awareness
- Barbershop Sessions
- Public Speaking / Effective Communication
- Regular meetings with Program facilitator (4x monthly)
- Regular communication with mentor (bi-weekly)
- Attend monthly or weekly Open Door meetings
- Develop leadership portfolio
- Complete and follow an academic plan
- Maintain GPA of 2.0
- Volunteer in the community
- Improved retention of the target population
- Increased 2-year graduation rate
- Assume leadership role on campus
- 15-30 strong and active participants
- Open Door men will become peer mentors and volunteer in the community
After completing the Open Door Mentorship application, please save it and e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may print it and bring it to the Open Door program office, located in the Enrollment Services area of Menard Hall, across from Admission and Registration, suite 1148.
For more information, visit Open Door Mentorship office or call 217.786.3689.
Program Coordinator, Open Door Mentorship Program