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TransMentor Program

IMPORTANT: The TransMentor Program (TMP) is on a brief hiatus while the team works to develop and evolve our programs. The team will be putting a pause on interviewing new participants. However, be on the lookout for news regarding the future of TMP, as well as new opportunities, coming your way! If you’d like to stay updated on all things TMP, sign up here. (Please note: The changes do not impact participants who are currently in a mentor/mentee pairing.) 


Housed within Lurie Children's Gender & Sex Development Program, the TransMentor Program pairs transgender, gender non-binary, gender expansive and gender questioning youth ages 12-20 with trans and gender expansive adults.

We are dedicated to cultivating the self-acceptance, leadership, and community connections necessary for trans and gender expansive youth to thrive and realize their goals.

TransMentor uses a youth-centric approach that focuses on the needs of mentees, designing the program around their goals and crafting mentor trainings and support to meet their unique needs.

Why Mentoring?

Transgender and gender expansive youth often lack adult role models who share their identity. Yet research has shown that such adults with shared identities are especially crucial for trans youth, and can improve the quality of their lives and their relationships. TransMentor strives to bridge that gap and provide youth with the support they need.


How to Get Involved With TransMentor

Mentees

  • Must identify as transgender, non-binary, on the gender spectrum, and/or gender questioning
  • Be between 12-20 years of age
  • Reside in Chicago and/or in the surrounding area

Mentors

  • Must identify as transgender, non-binary, and/or on the gender spectrum
  • Be at least 25 years of age
  • Reside in Chicago and/or in the surrounding area

Mentors and mentees agree to a one-year minimum commitment to the program. During that time, participants are asked to have weekly communication with their matched mentor/mentee (including one face-to-face meeting per month), totaling a commitment of approximately eight hours each month.

Participants are also expected to attend bimonthly mentor-only meetings/trainings and bimonthly social events for mentors and mentees to attend together.

Applications for mentors and mentees are accepted on an ongoing basis. Complete your application here: 

Mentee Application 

Mentor Application 

Once interviews have been completed, selected mentor candidates will be required to complete criminal background and medical history checks with Lurie Children's.

Mentors and mentees will then have individual training sessions, followed by a mentor-mentee matching event to determine final matches.

As part of our youth-centric model, we have a Youth Advisory Board that works closely with our Program Coordinator to drive key decisions about the program. Youth interested in a position on the Youth Advisory Board should contact Logan Pierce directly at TRANSMENTOR@luriechildrens.org or at 773.796.3014.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, there is no cost to either mentors or mentees. Support is available for travel costs if needed.

No, applicants do not need to be part of our gender program to apply.

We encourage you to reach out to us anyway. While we don't expect to make many exceptions to the age guidelines, there are many ways to get involved!

Contact Us

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Logan Pierce at lmpierce@luriechildrens.org or at 312.227.7725.

Philanthropy

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for adolescents and young adults. To learn more, please e-mail the Ann Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org or call 312.227.7500

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