CHAMPS MALE MENTORING, CHICAGO, IL
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C.H.A.M.P.S. MALE MENTORING 

C.H.A.M.P.S. Male Mentoring Program is a Mentor Illinois Gold Star Award Program based in Chicago, IL and offers a culturally sensitive approach to developing the mindsets of African American and Latino young men. C.H.A.M.P.S. stand for Culturally Helping And Making Positive Success.  We focus on the 3E's; Education, Empowerment, and Exposure. We mentor young men ages 12-18 years old weekly. 

MISSION :
THE MISSION OF THE C.H.A.M.P.S. MALE MENTORING PROGRAM IS TO EDUCATE, EMPOWER, AND EXPOSE AFRICAN-AMERICAN AND LATINO YOUNG MEN BEYOND THE FOUR WALLS OF THE SCHOOL IN ORDER TO HELP THEM TO ACHIEVE THEIR DREAMS AND GOALS. 

VISION :
C.H.A.M.P.S. MALE MENTORING PROGRAM ENVISIONS A SAFE-ENVIRONMENT FOR EVERY YOUNG MAN BY DEVELOPING THEIR MINDSETS THROUGH CULTURALLY RELEVANT CONVERSATIONS AND INTERACTIONS THAT WILL HELP THEM DEVELOP THE SKILLS AND HABITS NECESSARY TO NAVIGATE LIFE IN A POSITIVE AND PRODUCTIVE WAY.

EDUCATION 

We believe that our young men must have the  proper educational support in school and life. We use a customized social-emotional curriculum to engage our young men.  we host weekly meetings, monthly summits, and an annual conference.

EMPOWERMENT

We believe that our young men should be equipped to lead, communicate and engage in activities that catalyze the growth and development of their manhood, ultimately sustaining their families and communities. 

EXPOSURE

We believe that our young men should be exposed beyond the four walls of school to experiences they would not otherwise organically engage in.  we partner with camp trident, and other powerful organizations for exposure men.

UPCOMING EVENTS

COMING SOON 4TH ANNUAL CHAMPS BORN 2 WIN CONFERENCE JUNE 2019

C.H.A.M.P.S. PICTURES

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C.H.A.M.P.S. MEDIA

FOUNDER, VONDALE E. SINGLETON

Vondale Eugene Singleton Sr. was born on the Southside of Chicago. After overcoming the death of his mother due to crack-cocaine, an incarcerated father throughout high-school, and the negative influences of the Ida B. Wells Housing projects he beat the odds becoming a first-generation college student earning his Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education and his Master’s Degree in Marital and Family Therapy from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. He credits his mentor, Steven Robertson as the person who invested sacrificially his time and resources to help him  become the man he is today.

The last 15 years he has worked as an advocate in primary, secondary, and higher education, as both a teacher and administrator. He believes that “salvation plus education is an unbeatable combination.” He started C.H.A.M.P.S. for young men in an effort to mentor young men with similar circumstances.  He helped organize the Award Winning Music Video at the White House Film Festival, which landed the C.H.A.M.P.S. a visit to the White House with President Obama.

Vondale has won numerous awards and received many recognitions for his work with C.H.A.M.P.S. He was recently named the "Father of the Year" for the State of Illinois by the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, and most recently a Walmart Community Playmaker through the coveted Chicago Blackhawks. He is married to his College sweetheart, Dr. Patrina Singleton.  They reside in Chicago, Il with their two beautiful children, Promise Singleton (8), and Vondale E. Singleton, Jr, (3).

CHAMPS ALUMNI FEATURE, STEVEN BURRES JR

Born on the Southside of Chicago, Steven Burres Jr now attends the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor as a junior studying Sound Engineering. He is the 4th of 5 children, raised by single mother Lisa Cunningham. Steven received his first ever job at the Gary Comer Youth Center working at the outdoor farm with the youth employment program Green Teens. This opportunity gave his family an additional support to the crucial circumstances they face living on the south side of Chicago. 

Dealing depression and violence within and outside of the home, Steven used Spoken Word and Hip-Hop as an outlet to bring awareness to the realities low income south side kids experience just like him. Through the outreach role of the Assistant Principal, Vondale Singleton was introduced to Steven. After months the two developed a mentor and mentee relationship which would land them in the White House with President Obama a half year later.    

MARCH 20, 2015- WHITE HOUSE STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL -CHAMPS SELECTED AS 1 OF 15, OUT OF 1,500 ENTRIES
STEVEN, (TOP ROW, 3RD PERSON) FROM LEFT-
WITH PRESIDENT OBAMA (FRONT-CENTER

AUGUST 2018-C.H.A.M.P.S. FOUNDER, VONDALE SINGLETON AT ROUNDTABLE WITH SENATOR DUCKWORTH AND CONGRESSMAN BOBBY RUSH

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RESULTS

EDUCATION 
We believe that our young men must have the  proper educational support in school and life. We host weekly meetings at Gary Comer, monthly summits, and an annual conference.
Hours or more monthly of out-of-school time to provide a safe-environment from violence for C.H.A.M.P.S. mentees to connect with caring mentors, hear dynamic guest speakers, and gain leadership development.  

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EMPOWERMENT
We believe that our young men should be equipped to lead, communicate and engage in activities that catalyze the growth and development of their manhood, ultimately sustaining their families and communities. 
Attended CHAMPS Born 2 Win Conference at Gary Comer in 3 years with over 250 organizations in attendance. The conference is a day of inspiration and empowerment to celebrate and culminate the school year that will lead to a non-violent and successful summer.

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EXPOSURE
We believe that our young men should be exposed beyond the four walls of school to experiences they would not otherwise organically engage in.  
Exploration opportunities in-city, out-of-state, and out-of-country for C.H.A.M.P.S. mentees. We engage with our community by hosting events, serving meals, cleanup projects, while connecting with leaders in various organizations and industries.  

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3X DECREASE IN DISCIPLINE DETENTIONS
500 PLUS HOURS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE
96% ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOL

AWARDS

WHITE HOUSE AWARD WINNER 1 OUT OF 15 OUT OF 1,500 SELECTED
C.H.A.M.P..S. MENTORING VIDEO SELECTED AS A WHITE HOUSE STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL SELECTION- MARCH 20, 2015- WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON D.C. 
PRESIDENT OBAMA-HOST
THE Video was filmed with nearly 100 young men and mentors on the Southside of Chicago at the Gary Comer Youth Center, Gary Comer College Prep, and the Ring of Hope Empowerment Zone. We believe every young man is "Born to Win In Every Situation in Life". Michelle Obama Video courtesy of Free Spirit Media.  
ILLINOIS HEART RESCUE CPR FINALIST- C.H.A.M.P.S. VIDEO ON CPR
NATIONAL FINALIST-RUNNER UP- BEST CHARTER SCHOOL-ED REFORM
DARRION BAXTER-SPOTLIGHTON
DWYANE WADE- CAVS VS. BULLS GAME DEC 2016
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BUSAYO ADEBAYO-SPOTLIGHTON
DWYANE WADE- KINGS VS. BULLS GAME JAN 2017
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malik jones, martin luther king 
community award, gcyc JAN, 2017
tre'sean dillard, champs award june 3, 2017
camp trident award, july, 2017
champs vondale singleton, chicago blackhawks, walmart community award, dec. 2017
DEVONTE MATTHEWS, WALGREENS EXPRESSIONS WGCI WINNER, gcyc dec, 2017
champs vondale singleton, and tubuka evans vising beijng, china with li-ning, dwyane wade
GOLD STAR AWARD 2018- PRESENTED to champs male mentoring FROM cheryl howard-neal  MENTOR ILLINOIS
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