Video calls have become a lifeline of connection for many through the isolation of the pandemic, including the at-risk youth in Lawrence Hall programs. As volunteer coordinator, Monique Davis (MS ’16) is rebuilding the ranks of the mentor program after a hiatus this spring.
Lawrence Hall offers community-based programs and resources for the youth, community and families they serve, including employment services and outreach programs. Mentors meet virtually with their mentees for four hours a month, as supporters, role models and friends.
The service agency serves about 1,000 young people each year, many of whom are in foster care or who have suffered severe trauma.
In the Roosevelt master’s of hospitality and tourism management program, Davis studied event planning for conferences, conventions and other large group gatherings. At Lawrence Hall, she turned her skills to organizing training sessions and activities for mentors.
“It is such a rewarding experience,” she said. “You truly gain an appreciation for being there for others.”
Davis answered a few questions about her time at Roosevelt and the impact of mentorship.
How did your Roosevelt experience prepare you for your current role?
Roosevelt provided opportunities and connections that I never thought I would have. I have been able to build relationships and connections throughout my career and time at Roosevelt. The staff always stays in touch, and it was a wonderful experience.
One of my favorite staff members was Ms. Carol Brown! She was such an amazing professor and she truly cared for her students and their success.
What does your typical day look like at Lawrence Hall?
Lawrence Hall works with youth that are in and out of foster care and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. We have programs to align mentors with mentees to teach them guidance, life skills and provide encouragement and a positive role model.
My day-to-day job is to recruit, train and onboard mentors and volunteers for our organization. I help implement and create events and activities for them as well.
If you’re interested in volunteering virtually with young people, learn more about opportunities with Lawrence Hall here.
What’s your advice for future Roosevelt students?
Enjoy the experience! Always try to do a lot of different things while getting your degree, because it opens doors and opportunities that you can never imagine!
What’s one fun fact you’d like to share?
My fun fact is that I have a twin brother!