>I'm at Marquette University and trying to work with the >local alderman on setting up a weekend mentor program with >college students and younger children.
An idea- Talk to your student events/activities committee and see if you can find some funding for this program. You would not need much. I started a program like this at my college and we got some money each semester to throw a pizza party and an end of the year celebration.
The other benefit to being funded by the student fees is that your group can become officially tied to the school and therefore more visible.